The Charlotte Hornets are wasting no time this year, and might offer their mid-level exception to former San Antonio Spurs sharpshooter Marco Belinelli. Free agency doesn't officially begin until midnight, so an offer is yet to be made.
Charlotte's expected to be aggressive with Spurs shooter Marco Belinelli on Day 1 of free agency. Hornets can offer mid-level exception.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2015
Belinelli had respectable averages of 9.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 22.4 minutes per game for the Spurs last season, along with 37.4 percent shooting from behind the 3-point line. That mark was the second worst of Belinelli's eight-year career, so expect to see it much higher in the upcoming season.
If the Hornets sign Belinelli, he's likely the team's third shooting guard behind Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb. He's not big or strong enough to guard forwards, and his role might be somewhat limited if Lamb rebounds from a poor season. Still, the Hornets are committed to adding as much shooting as possible this season, so Belinelli would fit wonderfully.
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