Nets Reach Out To Marco Belinelli
The Brooklyn Nets have reached out to free agent guard Marco Belinelli, discussing a multi-year deal at the team’s taxpayer Mid-Level Exception ($3.2 million). Sources tell HOOPSWORLD that the Nets are deciding if they should go with a guard like Belinelli or another big man to bolster the team’s frontcourt.
The Nets would also like to bring back Andray Blatche, but the most they can offer is about $1.4 million without using some of their MLE. If he does return at that figure, that would enable Brooklyn to sign Belinelli.
While the Nets have interest in Kyle Korver, he may be outside of their price range. Brooklyn is deep into the luxury tax and Korver will have many suitors this offseason.
The Nets will execute a major trade with the Boston Celtics around July 12 sending Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to Brooklyn.
When the dust settles, Brooklyn will likely start Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Pierce, Garnett and Brook Lopez. Off the bench the team will feature Terry, Mirza Teletovic, Reggie Evans, TyShawn Taylor, Tornike Shengelia and unsigned draft pick Mason Plumlee.
Once the team uses its Mid-Level Exception (MLE), they’ll only have minimum contracts to offer additional free agents.
Belinelli played last season with the Chicago Bulls.