“It was the right thing for both of us,” Budenholzer said. “We’ve been playing Tyler Dorsey and some of the younger guys more recently and we’d like to do more of that down the stretch here. Obviously, it’s a time where Marco can help a team that is in a different situation than we are.”
Budenholzer added that DeAndre Bembry, once healthy, Malcolm Delaney and Isaiah Taylor could also see more time.
Belinelli appeared in 52 games for the Hawks this season, including one start, and averaged 11.4 points in 23.3 minutes. He shot .372 from 3-point range.
Belinelli, who is in his 11th season, was traded to the Hawks from the Hornets on June 20, 2017 as part of the Dwight Howard deal.
Belinelli was in the final year of his contract and is due $6.6 million this season.
“I want to say Marco was great for us,” Budenholzer said. “He was a great teammate. He’s a great teammate and smart. Wherever he ends up, he’s going to help that team. I enjoyed coaching him.”
Belinelli was not at Philips Arena Friday night.
There has been speculation that the Hawks could also buy out the contract of Ersan Ilyasova. The starting forward has the ability to decline any trade and did so to several before the deadline. Ilyasova told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday that he has not been approached about a buyout. He reiterated that he is happy to remain with the Hawks.
Ilyasova signed a one-year, $6 million contract to return to the Hawks as an unrestricted free agent. Ilyasova can decline a trade because of his contract status because of his status as a year away from full Bird rights.