Guard Marco Belinelli has committed to the Philadelphia 76ers to sign a free agent contract, league sources tell ESPN. Belinelli agreed to a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, and can sign with the Sixers upon clearing waivers.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 11, 2018
After failing to find a deal for the Italian at the trade deadline, the Hawks moved quickly to buy out Belinelli from his current deal, which was set to expire at the end of this season. The buyout was made official on Friday and Belinelli will sign with the Sixers once he clears waivers.
The Sixers were one of the teams rumoured to be interested in trading for Belinelli, and the Hawks were reported to have been seeking a second round pick for Belinelli, which Philadelphia have an abundance of, owning seven future second round picks between now and 2021, per Real GM. In the end, the Hawks couldn’t agree on a deal for Belinelli with the Sixers nor any other team.
In his time with the Hawks, Belinelli averaged 11.4 points per game on 41% shooting from the field, 37% from behind the arc, two assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in an average of 23 minutes per game in 52 games played.