The Warriors cleared up some of the gluttony in the backcourt. I just confirmed through a team source that Marco Belinelli has indeed been traded to Toronto for swingman Devean George, as Yahoo Sports reported earlier.
The Warriors severed ties with their first-round pick from 2007 (No. 18 overall). This doesn’t appear to be a cost-cutting move, as Belinelli is set to make $1.5M this season and Devean George is set to make $1.6M. The Warriors, however, would have had to make a tough decision come the end of this offseason. The Warriors had until Oct. 31 to pick-up their option on Belinelli’s fourth season for $2.38M. They avoided that decision, and any backlash, by shipping Belinelli – a fan favorite – now for George. If they didn’t pick up his option, Belinelli certainly would’ve been unhappy all season, increasing the potential for distraction and potentially hurting team chemistry.
The Warriors did pick up a veteran swingman who can stick a 3-pointer. George is no Pietrus, but he could (if he has anything left) give them some veteran help off the bench, something GM Larry Riley has said he wanted to add this offseason.
The Warriors cap figure stands at $57.66M, and that includes the team options for Brandan Wright ($3.4M), Acie Law ($2.9M) and Anthony Randolph ($1.9M).
Belinelli was rendered a luxury by the addition of guard Stephen Curry and the continued progress of shooting guard Anthony Morrow. Though he was one of the team’s better shooters and their best option at defending point guards, Belinelli had clearly fallen down the depth chart. He became a starter for an injury-plagued team but injured himself (sprained ankle) in January and never seemed to recover.