Report: Hawks buying out Marco Belinelli
The Hawks sat Marco Belinelli for their last game before the trade deadline and reportedly even told him he was on track to get traded. But yesterday’s deadline passed without a deal.
Belinelli will still get a chance to join a winner, though.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Marco Belinelli is finalizing a buyout agreement with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell ESPN. Several contenders are interested.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 9, 2018
The 31-year-old Belinelli provided little to the rebuilding Hawks – except the team performing horribly with him on the court (-10.1 per 100 possessions) and improving draft position. He’s a good 3-point shooter, but there are reasons nobody traded for him.
Belinelli is due $2,313,987 the rest of the season. We’ll see how much he gave up, and he’ll probably be happier on a better team. Plenty could use more shooting.
But it’s unlikely he’s a major difference-maker in the playoffs.