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Former Spurs Player Marco Belinelli in Draft Day Trade

Jan 26, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Marco Belinelli (3) drives past Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe (23) during the first quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 26, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Marco Belinelli (3) drives past Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe (23) during the first quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports
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Marco Belinelli is a beloved former San Antonio Spurs player, and provided fans with dynamic perimeter shooting.

In the flurry of draft day trades that take the NBA by storm, Belinelli suddenly finds himself on the move yet again, according to the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Sacramento Kings have reportedly traded Belinelli to the Charlotte Hornets for the 22nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Charlotte now does not have any picks in this draft, but they’ve acquired an outside shooter to help their team.

Belinelli won the NBA 3-Point Shootout at All Star Weekend 2014 as a member of the Spurs.

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It’s unclear who the Kings are targeting with the 22nd overall pick, but it could end up having an effect on who the Spurs choose just 7 spots later at pick number 29.

Belinelli played for the Spurs from 2013-2015. He won an NBA championship with the Spurs in 2014.

Belinelli has mainly been a bench player throughout his career, but provides offensive spark from the reserve role, mostly through perimeter shooting.

He has averaged 9.5 points per game for his career while shooting 37.9 percent from downtown.

As a member of the Spurs in the 2013-2014 season, Belinelli had a career year shooting the ball. He had a field goal percentage of 48.5% and a 3-point field goal percentage of 43%.

The Hornets will be Belinelli’s 7th team since entering the NBA in 2007. He previously played for the Golden State Warriors, the Toronto Raptors, the New Orleans Hornets, the Chicago Bulls, the Spurs, and the Kings.

Charlotte will utilize his proficient outside shooting. The Hornets tied for 7th in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage as a team, and the Belinelli acquisition will make an already potent perimeter shooting team even more formidable.

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The draft is always unpredictable, and it’s unlikely that Belinelli woke up this morning envisioning that he’d have to relocate to the East coast from the West coast.

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