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Bulls Rumors: Marco Belinelli Would Fill Hole Left by Kyle Korver's Departure

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
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 18, 2012

Shooting guard Marco Belinelli won't do much more for you than space the floor, but that's exactly what the Chicago Bulls need right now.

Eric Pincus of HOOPSWORLD reported on Wednesday that the Bulls, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks were interested in Belinelli. He also said that the Bulls were the best fit after they lost Kyle Korver to the Atlanta Hawks and waived Ronnie Brewer.

There's also the fact that C.J. Watson signed with the Brooklyn Nets and John Lucas III is apparently closing in on a deal with the Toronto Raptors (per ESPN). All of a sudden, the Bulls don't have a lot of outside shooting, which is exactly what they've been trying to add to accommodate Derrick Rose throughout the years.

Korver shot 43.5 percent from downtown last season, while Watson and Lucas shot 39.3 percent from beyond the arc. Luol Deng was the only other Bulls player who shot a reasonable percentage from long distance and averaged at least two three-point attempts per game. That's how bad it currently is for the Bulls.

Belinelli isn't the greatest defender, which is generally frowned upon in Chicago, but he does help the Bulls in one critical area: three-point shooting. He's shot 39 percent from downtown for his career, including 37 percent last season with the New Orleans Hornets

And you can tell Belinelli loves the long ball. He's averaged 7.5 shot attempts per game for his career and 3.3 three-point attempts. It also must be noted that while Belinelli doesn't generally draw a lot of fouls, he has gotten better leaning into defenders and drawing fouls after pump fakes.

This is practically a must for the Bulls at this point, unless they can find someone else that shoots a high percentage from downtown. Belinelli could end up being a nice addition coming off the bench.

Otherwise, the Bulls are going to have a hard time finding room to drive into the lane with defenses collapsing on them.


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