The Brooklyn Nets have been linked heavily to Kyle Korver in the last few days and a deal was thought to be imminent. Now, however, a deal might not get done as several other teams with more money to spend than the Nets have emerged as potential suitors. With Korver no sure thing to sign Nets GM Billy King has reached out to free agent Marco Belinelli about possibly signing for the mid-level exception of $3.2 million.
Belinelli, 27, averaged 9.6 points per game last season with the Chicago Bulls last season despite having the lowest shooting percentage of his career since his rookie season, shooting 39 percent from the field. A lot of comparisons can be drawn between Belinelli and Korver. Both are threats from beyond the arc that can boost the Nets offense and both would be a good fit for the Nets coming off of the bench. However, Belinelli shot just 35 percent from beyond the arc, his lowest in his six seasons in the NBA.
Bellinelli would be a decent role player for the Nets off the bench, providing some outside shooting but the Nets are still hopeful the 32-year-old Korver will sign and Belinelli is just a back-up plan. Korver would be a better fit for the Nets and is a better shooter from beyond the arc but Belinelli wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.
The Nets seem intent on spending their mid-level exception on a shooter coming off the bench, something the team is currently lacking. After re-signing Andray Blatche for $1.4 million and drafting Mason Plumlee last week the Nets bench is set on centers and power forwards, especially with Reggie Evans staying. What the Nets need is scoring off the bench and Korver is probably the best option available.
Belinelli wouldn’t be a bad fallback option but he is still a fallback in case Korver gets offered more money. Right now, the Nets, and Belinelli, are waiting for Korver to make his decision.