George swapped for Belinelli

Updated: July 30, 2009, 8:34 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

The Toronto Raptors have traded small forward Devean George for Golden State Warriors' guard Marco Belinelli.

George
George
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Belinelli

George, 31, was part of the complex four-team deal that landed the Dallas Mavericks' Shawn Marion earlier this summer.

Belinelli, a teammate with Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani on the Italian national squad, missed 25 games because of injury and was nearly dealt in a draft-night trade to Phoenix to acquire Amare Stoudemire.

Belinelli, 23, played sparingly as a rookie and at the start of last season, but other injuries forced the Warriors to play him consistently and he had a 13-game stretch where he averaged 16 points and shot better than 50 percent in eight of those games. He also made 46 of his last 113 3-point attempts (40.7 percent.).

Ric Bucher is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Insider.

Ric Bucher

NBA Reporter, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer