"The relationship between me, the city and the organization is great," Gallinari said in an interview with BlitzTV (via Sportnado's Emiliano Carchia). "This is the reason why I would love to reach an agreement to remain in Denver. I love it here. And I would love to remain with the Nuggets."
According to Spotrac, Gallinari is due to earn $16.1 million in 2017-18 should he exercise his player option.
The fact he wants to hit free agency doesn't come as a surprise.
The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the salary cap is expected to rise from $94.1 million to $101 million next year.
Along with the cap increase, Gallinari's injury history provides further incentive for him to earn the most he can now. The 28-year-old was out for the entire 2013-14 season, and in the three years since, he has missed 71 combined games.
Should Gallinari put off free agency another year, he'd risk potentially seeing his value drop as a result of further injury problems.
The nine-year veteran averaged 18.2 points a game and connected on 38.8 percent of his three-point attempts. Despite his durability concerns, Gallinari should be in a strong negotiating position this summer, and the Nuggets will almost certainly make every attempt to re-sign him since he's the best power forward on the team.