If Kyle Korver passes on the Brooklyn Nets for a more lucrative or otherwise appealing offer, the Nets will reportedly target Marco Belinelli next, according to Eric Pincus of HOOPSWORLD. The Nets would offer Belinelli the entirety of the taxpayer mid-level exception, worth about $10 million over three years.
The Bulls have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Mike Dunleavy, who would essentially replace Belinelli’s role.
Belinelli isn’t as sharp a shooter as Korver, who’s one of the best pure shooters in the league, but he’s a little more skill-balanced. Along with averages of 9.6 points, 2.0 assists, 1.9 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game, Belinelli was instrumental in the Chicago Bulls’ Game 7 victory over the Nets, scoring a game-tying high 24 points in 41 minutes. Let’s not think about that any more. Belinell is a career 38.7% marksman from deep, but shot a career low 35.7% last season.
Belinelli, like potential Nets guard Korver and former Nets guard Keith Bogans, is a Tom Thibodeau disciple, having played under the Bulls coach last season.
If the Nets do use their taxpayer midlevel exception on Belinelli, they would not be able to use it on any other player, most affecting Croatian Eurostash Bojan Bogdanovic (who was reportedly set to come to Brooklyn this year, but would need the contract to pay his buyout) and potentially Andray Blatche, who is a free agent.
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