Mar 28, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Marco Belinelli (8) during a stoppage in play against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. New Orleans defeated Golden State 102-87. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Hornets In Sign-And-Trade Talks Involving Marco Bellinelli And Clippers


The Los Angeles Clippers are trying to add more depth to their Guard positions and are reportedly interested in Hornets guard Marco Bellinelli. Bellinelli is a unrestricted free agent and the Hornets probably did not plan on retaining him, especially after draft Austin Rivers. However the Clippers seem to be interested but a trade exception is their only way if acquiring him, so they would need to do a sign-and-trade.

The Clippers and Hornets have been discussing a few possible trade scenarios and so far it seems the best offer from the Clips has been Ryan Gnomes and a draft pick, not sure what round or year the pick would be of. Ryan Gnomes only has 1 year left on his contract and it wouldn’t hurt to add another small forward behind Al-Farouq Aminu and rookie Darius Miller. Any draft picks from LA would sweeten the deal, specifically since the Hornets were going to let Bellinelli walk anyways.

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