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Hawks Set Asking Price on Belinelli and Ilyasova

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The Atlanta Hawks are seeking a high second-round draft pick in exchange for either veteran guard Marco Belinelli or forward Ersan Ilyasova, league sources told Basketball Insiders.

Both players are in the final year of their contracts. Belinelli is on the books for $6.6 million this season. Ilyasova is due $6 million, according to our Hawks salary page. That price tag is contingent on Atlanta not being required to take on a long-term contract involving a player who is not considered an asset.

ESPN first reported Atlanta was pushing to move Belinelli and Ilyasova.

Atlanta’s thought process is reminiscent of Phoenix at last year’s trade deadline. Phoenix shopped veteran swingman P.J. Tucker at the deadline to playoff teams who needed a hardnosed defender who could guard multiple positions.

In this case, Atlanta is banking on playoff teams in need of shooting to give up a future draft pick in exchange for Belinelli or Ilyasova to help them contend now.

Michael Scotto is a Senior NBA Writer for Basketball Insiders in his sixth season covering the league. He also works for The Associated Press focusing on Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks game coverage.

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Carmelo Anthony: ‘I was ready to walk away’ before Signing with Trail Blazers

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“I was ready to walk away, yeah,” Anthony said. “It was hard. But there came a point when I was, like, ‘You know what? I’ve given a lot to this game. I played 15, 16 years in this game. I’m ready to give it up, because I just knew that at that point in time from a basketball standpoint, that narrative that it — it was already out there. So I’d been fightin’ an uphill battle anyway if I didn’t go to the right situation.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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Bryant was evaluated today after experiencing pain in his foot following the team’s game at the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 1. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Source: Washington Wizards

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The Memphis Grizzlies today provided a medical update on forward Brandon Clarke:

In the first half of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Clarke aggravated a sore left oblique muscle and did not return for the second half. Clarke did not dress for Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers and is considered week-to-week. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.

Source: Memphis Grizzlies

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