Belinelli recorded 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt) and one rebound across 28 minutes during a 104-102 win over the Heat on Wednesday. Belinelli was good in his team debut as he led the bench unit with 17 points. It was an effective debut but he didn't provide much of anything besides points and three-pointers. Belinelli tends to be streaky, but he's always capable of these types of performances.
Belinelli will be available to make his Sixers debut Wednesday against the Heat, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports. Belinelli was held out of Monday's game against the Knicks, but he's officially completed his paperwork with the Sixers and will be an option for coach Brett Brown off the bench. Brown indicated that he'll utilize a nine-man rotation, with Belinelli essentially filling the spot vacated by Justin Anderson (ankle).
Belinelli, who has officially signed with the Sixers, is not expected to play in Monday's game against the Knicks, Derek Bodner of The Athletic Philadelphia reports. Coach Brett Brown said the plan is to hold Belinelli out of Monday's contest unless it's absolutely necessary, so fantasy owners should avoid the situation for now. That means his debut will likely occur Wednesday against the Heat and according to Jessica Camerato of NBS Sports Philadelphia, Belinelli is expected to operate as the team's eighth man. What sort of workload that means for him isn't exactly clear and it may be wise to monitor the situation before deploying the three-point specialist in season-long or DFS lineups.
Belinelli is expected to officially sign with the Sixers on Monday, but it's unclear if he'll be available for the evening's matchup with the Knicks, Philly.com reports. Barring an unforeseen snag, Belinelli will officially complete his contract with the Sixers on Monday evening, but the Sixers may hold him out Monday in an effort to allow him to get acclimated with his new surroundings before jumping into game action. Whether Belinelli plays Monday against the Knicks or Wednesday against the Heat, he's expected to immediately step in as a three-point marksman off the bench. "[Defenses] can't really sit back and sag the way a lot of teams do at times," new teammate Robert Covington said. "Now, with Marco, he's going to space the floor. It's just like another JJ [Redick}." As a member of the Hawks this season, Belinelli appeared in 52 games and averaged 11.4 points, 2.0 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 made three-pointers per game.
Belinellli will sign a free-agent deal with the Sixers, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Belinelli and the Hawks reached a buyout agreement on Friday, and the guard will become unrestricted Monday after clearing waivers. The 31-year-old should provide consistent long-range shooting off the bench to a Philadelphia team that's in the playoff hunt, currently occupying eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Belinelli averaged 11.4 points while shooting 37.2 percent from three-point distance for Atlanta this season.
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