New York Knicks Rumors: Why Team Must Avoid Marco Belinelli Like the Plague

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 09:  Marco Belinelli #8 of the New Orleans Hornets collects a loose ball against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on January 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Hornets defeated the Nuggets 94-81. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Despite losing Jeremy Lin to free agency, the New York Knicks still have a decent chance at making a statement next year.  They have their two stars in Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, and both J.R. Smith and Steve Novak should hold down the bench in providing excellent outside shooting.

That being said, as a Knicks fan, this report by Eric Pincus of Hoopsworld is a bit unsettling.  According to Pincus, New York is one of four teams in on Italian sharpshooter Marco Belinelli, who the team does not need under any circumstances.

Don't get me wrong.  Belinelli is not a bad player by any means.  Playing for the New Orleans Hornets last year, the 6'5" Italian guard averaged a career-best 11.8 points per game while shooting 38 percent from long range.  On any team, he would definitely be a solid contributor.

Unfortunately, that team is not the Knicks.  As fun as Belinelli may be to watch, he is really just a shooter, and the Knicks already have two of those in J.R. Smith and Steve Novak.

Smith had a great first season in New York, as he averaged 12.5 points off the bench after his contract in China expired.  He was electrifying both behind the arc and above the rim, as his dunking skills are off the charts.

Novak was even more electrifying as a Knick, as he was essentially a lock to make his three-pointers and even led the NBA in three-point percentage.  He shot an astounding 48 percent from downtown and the Knicks were quick to re-sign him for four years and $15 million.

That all being said, there really isn't any reason for the New York Knicks to pursue another shooter.  If anything, they should pursue a swingman or a defensive pest.  Bringing Belinelli aboard would just become a nightmare case of too many cooks in the three-point kitchen and if that happens, chances are that either Smith or Novak is going to end up unhappy and screwed over in the minutes department.

Seeing as how the Knicks returning from last year all played well together under Mike Woodson, it just doesn't make sense to bring in yet another new guy that isn't needed.  Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton and Marcus Camby are more than enough, and Belinelli is just going to end up being a waste of space if he does come to the Big Apple.