Guard Marco Belinelli to sign with Philadelphia after clearing waivers

Jan 5 2018 Portland OR USA Atlanta Hawks guard Marco Belinelli shoots a shot before the first quarter expires against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

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Atlanta Hawks guard Marco Belinelli finalized a buyout agreement that clears the way for him to become a free agent, the team announced Friday.

Coach Mike Budenholzer said that Tyler Dorsey would be the primary beneficiary of minutes with Marco Belinelli bought out. He could be a valued asset off the bench for a team in search of 3-point shooting help. Atlanta was unable to trade Belinelli before Thursday's trade deadline, and now it appears he'll be bought out.

And it didn't. Via ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Belinelli has committed to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Belinelli was averaging 11.4 points per game, 1.9 boards, two assists, and nearly a steal per game in 52 games played this season for Atlanta.

Philadelphia is now 28-25 and clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. If No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz returns to full health and also returns to the club, they might end up proving to be a contender before the regular season comes to a close.

One area where Philadelphia can stand to improve is on the perimeter, as the team is tied for 14th in the league in three point shooting.

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