NBA Roundtable

Trade: Belinelli for J.Wright

In Trade Talk on August 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Marc Stein reports

ESPN.com sources: Hornets and Raptors have also agreed to a separate trade that will send Julian Wright to Toronto for Marco Belinelli

Thoughts

New Orleans Hornets

Julian Wright wasn’t going to work out for the Hornets. Good choice to move him. A bit disappointed they couldn’t get more but Wright had disappointed for two straight years now so his value would have been low anyway.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Hornets use Belinelli. They have a vacuum at the backup point guard slot with Collison being traded earlier today. Belinelli could do a nice job there. Otherwise, Belinelli doesn’t offer anything more than what Wright was already doing for the team.

Toronto Raptors

Good move for the Raptors. Wright is the more talented wing player and he will offer more to that team than Belinelli does since Calderon + Jack have the point guard position locked down.

J.Wright is one of the better wing defenders in the league today + a quality rebounder + great size/athleticism.

Lots of potential as a role player once he finds himself a home (similar to Ariza’s situation when discarded by Orlando). I am doubtful that will be in Toronto though.

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