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Report: Kings signing Marco Belinelli to three-year, $19 million contract

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SACRAMENTO, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Marco Belinelli #3 of the San Antonio Spurs looks top pass against Omri Casspi #18 of the Sacramento Kings on February 27, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Kings’ plan is coming into focus: Get better quickly.

They traded Nik Stauskas to clear cap space, and they’ll use some of it on a player who has already reached a reasonable good-case scenario for Stauskas – Marco Belinelli.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

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In a vacuum, this is a solid value. Belinelli is a lights-out outside shooter, and George Karl’s offense will get him plenty of corner 3s (and/or make it more difficult for defenses to double-team DeMarcus Cousins inside).

But how much difference will the 29-year-old Belinelli make? Adding him won’t lift the Kings into serious playoff contention, and it’s difficult to see Sacramento building off this signing with other moves that will.

I suppose, if the first-round picks the Kings might swap with the 76ers are unprotected, there’s no harm in getting marginally better. Once that original mistake was made, the Kings just have to make the best of it now. But, depending on those protections, Sacramento might just be headed for a few extra wins and a worse draft pick.