Marco Belinelli accepts qualifying offer, stays with Hornets

Marco Belinelli

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that restricted free agent guard Marco Belinelli has accepted the team’s qualifying offer.  Belinelli will be at Hornets’ practice and available at media day tomorrow. The one-year deal is reportedly worth $3.377 million.

“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.

Belinelli, a Bologna, Italy native, has appeared in 221 career games (93 starts) averaging 8.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists with the Hornets, Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors. He was acquired by the Hornets from the Raptors in exchange for Julian Wright on August 11, 2010. The shooting guard was the 18th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Warriors.

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