Atlanta Hawks release veteran Marco Belinelli


Atlanta Hawks' Marco Belinelli, of Italy, plays in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

The Warriors drafted Belinelli with the 18th-overall pick in the 2007 out of Italy.

The Atlanta Hawks waived guard Marco Belinelli on Friday following a buyout agreement that enables him to become a free agent, the team announced.

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According to an article written by Warriors insider Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area, Golden State general manager Bob Myers indicated that his team was in need of better bench shooting from behind the arc this season.

Belinelli averaged 18.4 FanDuel points in 52 games (one start) for the Hawks this season, with 11.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.8 3-pointers per game.

Belinelli, the 2014 three-point shootout champion, would give the Warriors some much needed shooting off the bench. They were reportedly interested in guard Joe Johnson, but Johnson is reportedly committed to signing with Houston once he is bought out by Sacramento.