SIXERS MARCO BELINELLI IS A FREE AGENT TONIGHT!

Unrestricted free agent

2018 Opening Night age: 32

2017-18 stats: 12.1 ppg | 1.9 rpg | .377 3pt pct | 105.3 Offensive Rtg | 107.2 Defensive Rtg | .539 EFG pct | .581 TS pct

Belinelli picked Philly when he became a free agent, so you’d imagine he wants to stay and get a full season in with the emerging Sixers.

But that may well depend on how successful the 76ers are in their pursuit of Paul George or Kawhi Leonard. A max deal for either, combined with an expected re-sign of J.J. Redick (well short of the $23 million he made this year, but at a fair market price), along with Joel Embiid’s max extension kicking in, may squeeze Philly at the back end of its payroll (which is where Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova sit).

As Ilyasova continues to earn his keep as a rebounder/premier drawer of charges, he may be ahead of Belinelli on the Sixers’ priority list. But whether in Philly or elsewhere, Belinelli will be in demand after the first wave.

http://www.nba.com/article/2018/06/27/top-25-under-the-radar-free-agents-2018-offseason?cid=EMA_NBA_Weekly_top5

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