Yahoo Sports reports
After failing to meet the initial expectations that surrounded his arrival as a first-round pick two years ago, the Golden State Warriors have traded guard Marco Belinelli to the Toronto Raptors, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night.
The Raptors will send Devean George to the Warriors.
Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo and his assistant GM, Maurizio Gherardini, have long been admirers of Belinelli and tried to draft him in 2007.
Doug Smith is reporting that the Raptors also included “a little bit of cash” in the trade.
Update: NBA Fanhouse says the cash considerations will pay for most of George’s contract. So, the Warriors saved a little money but gained no cap flexibility.
- Devean George will earn $1.6 million next season
- Marco Belinelli will earn $1.55 million next season. It is the third season of his rookie scale contract, so Toronto have a team option on a fourth season.
#1 — Why would Golden State trade Belinelli for no talent in return without getting better financial flexibility than this?
They couldn’t have gotten a non-guaranteed contract or two? Or a trade exception? They couldn’t have acquired a second round pick or two if they had to keep a non-entity like Devean George?
Strange trade from the Warriors management.
#2 — Excellent trade by Bryan Colangelo. He picked up a young rotation worthy player with good potential, and only had to give up an end of the roster talent to get it done.
Offensively, Belinelli is a very good fit. He can handle the ball, pass the ball, can create with the basketball in his hands or by moving without the ball, and has great range on his jump shot. Triano gives good freedom to his players and that suits Belinelli perfectly. Given 30 minutes a night, Belinelli will get you 12-15 points and 3-4 assists, while hitting a couple of threes and being efficient overall offensively. He’s a skilled offensive player.
The problem is defense + rebounding. Belinelli is a poor defensive player and a terrible rebounder. Belinelli pulls down one rebound every 12 minutes, which is bad for a point guard nevermind a wing, and he does that in Golden State’s fast paced offense. By rebound rate, he’d rate even worse as a rebounder posting a mark of 4.1% for his career.
These weakness in Belinelli’s game are team-wide flaws for the Toronto Raptors. They’re going to limit, or at least should limit, the amount of playing time Belinelli should receive with the Raps next season.
Devean George is finished as a rotation player in the NBA. He is an end of the roster player now, a 13-15th body on a roster. A locker room presence.
He pretty much has no value to a team like the Warriors.
Perplexing trade by the Warriors. I’m surprised, scrath that, I do not believe that the Warriors couldn’t have done better than this trade haul for Belinelli … and it’s a very poor trade by Golden State.
As for Toronto, it’s an excellent trade. They basically got a player for nothing, and that player is useful in the present tense and has good potential for the future. Nice get for the Raptors.
Unfortunately, I think Belinelli is a lousy fit in Toronto’s current lineup/roster due to the team’s problems defensively and on the glass, and I think that will limit his immediate impact on the Raptors.