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Soon-to-be Hornets guard Marco Belinelli breaks jaw in exhibition game

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The soon-to-be Hornets guard broke his jaw in an exhibition game between his native Italy and Canada.

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Marco Belinelli, the soon-to-be Charlotte Hornets guard, broke his jaw in an exhibition game between his native Italy and Canada on Sunday night, according to Sportando. While not officially a Hornet yet, the team agreed to send the 22nd pick in this year's draft to the Sacramento Kings in return for Belinelli. The trade cannot be officially completed until July 1 due to the salary cap.

Belinelli, like many NBA players, is in Turin, Italy to prepare for next month's Olympic qualifying tournament. Broken jaws typically take a month or two to heal, so it's unclear if Belinelli will recover in time to play for the Italian national team in Rio.

The injury should have no impact whatsoever on his ability to play for the Hornets next season if the team decides to keep him past the offseason. With Courtney Lee reportedly seeking $14 million per season, that's a real possibility.

Belinelli averaged 10.2 points and 1.9 assists in 68 games for the Kings last season.