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    ITA/CAN - Belinelli traded to Toronto

    TORONTO (EuroBasket 2009 / NBA) - Italy internationals Marco Belinelli and Andrea Bargnani have been united at club level after the Toronto Raptors completed a trade to acquire Belinelli from the Golden State Warriors.

    The Raptors confirmed the trade late on Thursday.

    "Marco fills a void at the wing position where his shooting and scoring strengths will be needed. Marco's versatility and playmaking abilities make him a very valuable piece for us," said Bryan Colangelo, Raptors president and general manager.

    Toronto had been trying to land Belinelli for the last year, as Colangelo sought to improve his guard play.

    That Belinelli was his chief target was, no doubt, down in large part to the influence of Raptors vice-president Maurizio Gherardini, the former Benetton Treviso general manager who is familar with Belinelli's game from the period when both men were in Lega A. Belinelli spent five years in Italy's top domestic league with Fortitudo Bologna prior to joining the Warriors.

    Belinelli will have to wait to meet his new team-mates - with the exception of Bargnani - as he is with Italy at a training camp preparing for the Additional Qualifying Round to EuroBasket 2009 that kicks off on August 5th.

    The 23-year-old, who was the 18th overall pick in the NBA draft in 2007, averaged 8.9 points and 2.1 assists for the Warriors last season. His best night came on December 12 when he poured in 27 points against Atlanta.

    The highlight of his international career to date was his performance against the United States in the 2006 FIBA World Championship when he poured in 25 points..

    In order to land the 1.96m Belinelli, the Raptors gave up forward Devean George, a player they acquired in the deal that brought Turkey international Hedo Turkoglu to Toronto earlier this summer.

    Meanwhile, the Raptors have added another international player to their increasingly diverse roster as Rasho Nesterovic returns to the team after one season with the Indiana Pacers.

    The veteran Slovenian 7-footer played for Toronto from 2006 to 2008, averaging 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 151 games.

    "Rasho brings us back a great veteran presence who has a familiarity with our coaching staff and several players. His leadership and personality will be great assets for this team," said Colangelo.

    Nesterovic announced his international retirement after last year's FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
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    Will be interesting to see, what this "European" NBA team can do this year, as they sucked big-time last season. While everyone is applauding CoAngelo, I am not sure, whether Turkoglu and couple of second-rate additions can make them play-off contender. Maybe Calderon and Bosh just ain't as good as everyone presumes?

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    I think Belinelli would come off the bench as DeRozan would be in place of the SG spot. Belinelli would fill in nicely after Anthony Parker bolted to Cleveland.

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    Let's also add Bargnani to the mix, he seems to have matured and established himself in the league last season. On paper they have a great talented team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordOfLeyte View Post
    I think Belinelli would come off the bench as DeRozan would be in place of the SG spot. Belinelli would fill in nicely after Anthony Parker bolted to Cleveland.
    I doubt a rookie would start, DeRozan is no MJ or LBJ. Belinelli is a decent player with some experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kecal View Post
    I doubt a rookie would start, DeRozan is no MJ or LBJ. Belinelli is a decent player with some experience.
    In fairness to all rookies, they don't need to be prodigies like LBJ or MJ to get a starting spot, basing on circumstances, DeRozan or Belinelli are both qualified to start.

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    Belinelli was traded today from the Raptors to the Hornets in exchange for Julian Wright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBallfanJ View Post
    Belinelli was traded today from the Raptors to the Hornets in exchange for Julian Wright.
    Wow!! That's a steal for the Hornets!! Julian Wright for Marco Belinelli? What's Toronto thinking?

    The Hornets are clearly thinking about a run for the play-offs. Today, they picked up Trevor Ariza, who will probably start in front of Stojakovic (maybe not, Idon't know), and Belinelli, who will play behind Marcus Thornton.
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    New Orleans Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams has moved Belinelli to the starting lineup.

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    New Orleans Hornets guard Marco Belinelli had 18 points and 6 rebounds plus 2 assists on his first game as a starter for the Hornets. The Hornets won over the Miwaukee Bucks 95-91.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CKR13 View Post
    New Orleans Hornets guard Marco Belinelli had 18 points and 6 rebounds plus 2 assists on his first game as a starter for the Hornets. The Hornets won over the Miwaukee Bucks 95-91.
    Belinelli was a great pick-up for New Orleans. He's a great shooter and a good slasher. I don't know much about his defense, but he can definitely put some points on the board. Nice to see him making an effort to get rebounds, too.

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    Big fan of Belinelli here. I was wondering, do you feel that he'd come back to Europe if there's a lock out in the NBA next season? He's a restrcted free agent (not sure what the complications would be if there's a lockout and he wants to sign for an Italian team for example. Is it choice or is it still current team can bid the same amount and keep him?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alvertis4 View Post
    Big fan of Belinelli here. I was wondering, do you feel that he'd come back to Europe if there's a lock out in the NBA next season? He's a restrcted free agent (not sure what the complications would be if there's a lockout and he wants to sign for an Italian team for example. Is it choice or is it still current team can bid the same amount and keep him?)
    When the Lock-Out does happen, the New Orleans Hornets still holds the rights for Belinelli and will allow Belinelli to be offered by any NBA / EuroLeague team with a contract offer; on which the Hornets can choose to match with a counter offer to Belinelli. If Belinelli chooses an NBA Team, the Hornets will relinquish all rights with him. If Belinelli chooses a EuroLeague team's contract offer, the same procedure applies.

    A lock-out is just a work stoppage for the players from playing in any games, but the NBA Teams' Front Offices are still operating as usual.
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    Cool, so I guess the minimum salary needed for him to come to...Panathinaikos (wanted him for the last 2 years) is his current salary

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    New Orleans Hornets guard Marco Belinelli scores 20 points on 5-11 shooting while going 3-8 from beyond the arc and shooting 100% from the free-throw line (7-7) as the Hornets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-101.
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    Guard Marco Belinelli in an interview with NBAFanhouse said that he is hoping to re-sign with the New Orleans Hornets after this season.

    "I'm happy to stay with New Orleans because I love the organization, the team. Yeah, why not? (re-sign with New Orleans). With the Hornets, yeah, I'm happy. ... I love the people. I love the coaching staff. It's going to be great.''
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    He sprained his ankle after a minute in a game last night. Looks like he'll be out for just a few days.
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    The New Orleans Hornets have only until midnight this Thursday to extend a Qualifying Offer to Belinelli. If the Hornets choose not to extend the offer, Belinelli will be a unrestricted free agent meaning he can sign with an NBA team or accept offers from Europe.
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    Just before the deadline and Lockout, the New Orleans Hornets have made a Qualifying Offer to Belinelli; making the latter a restricted free agent this off-season.
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