Marco Belinelli plans to sign with Philadelphia 76ers

Marco Belinelli

Atlanta tried to shop the veteran guard ahead of the trade deadline on Thursday, but no deal was completed. "I can't answer that question because we don't know the answer to that". "He was a great teammate".

Budenholzer said is "a great teammate, a great player, smart. I enjoyed coaching him".

Belinelli, 31, is averaging 11.4 points per game while making 37.2 percent of his 3-pointers in 52 games for the Hawks.

Therefore, in today's perimeter-centric National Basketball Association, it wasn't expected to be long before he found a new home. A few hours later, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the Sixers would end up getting the Italian marksman after all.

He was reportedly promised a significant role off the bench in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is now 28-25 and clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Therefore, the short-term rental could have a big payoff if his presence can help vault the Sixers past some of the teams in front of them. It'll be interesting to see if he takes minutes from guys like T.J. McConnell or maybe a struggling Robert Covington.