Marco Belinelli Will Return to New Orleans

Published: December 13, 2011

Marco Belinelli will return to the Hornets after accepting their qualifying offer for roughly 3.4 million dollars. He is the first player to start a game last year who has opted to return. His  addition to training camp should provide the team with a bit of veteran leadership (we’re really digging deep here). Thus far,  players with NBA regular season experience have been outnumbered by those without.

“We are excited to have Marco back on the roster,” General Manager Dell Demps said. “He had the best year of his career with us last season and we expect him to continue to grow in our system and be a valuable asset of our team this season.”

Belinelli averaged career-highs of 10.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 24.5 minutes in 80 games (69 starts). He shot 43.7% from the field and a career-best 41.1% from beyond the arc. Belinelli registered four 20-point performances for the Hornets last season.

Belly was working out in New Orleans with a private trainer prior to his decision to accept the qualifying offer, and is expected to attend media day tomorrow at the Arena. If you have any questions for the Italian Stallion, this is as good a spot as any for them.


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