Hardly earth-shattering but another minor Raptors deal is close
According to sources, the Raptors are planning to move guard Marco Belinelli to the New Orleans Hornets for small forward Julian Wright, hardly a trade of epic proportions.
Wright’s a 6-8 small forward who’s done little with the Hornets, averaging 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 61 games last season. He’s averaging 4.0 point per game in the 179 games he’s played in a career that includes 34 starts and is considered an athletic, average player without outstanding skills in any single category. He’s on the final year of a rookie scale deal and will be paid about $2.8 million this coming season.
Belinelli was ineffective and inconsistent in his one season with the Raptors, unable to fight his way past the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Antoine Wright in the battle for shooting guard minutes.
But as everyone who follows the Raptors closely knows, deals aren’t done until they’re officially done and there has been no official announcement.
And this transaction is separate from the other blockbuster the Hornets were involved in Wednesday. In that four-team deal, they’ll end up with Trevor Ariza from Houston while losing guard Darren Collison and James Posey to Indiana.
The importance of that trade to the Raptors is that the Pacers get a good young point guard in Collison after having several discussions with Toronto about Jose Calderon.