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    Sixers intend to sign veteran guard

    Veteran guard Marco Belinelli will likely be the newest member of the Sixers.

    NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jessica Camerato confirmed Saturday night that the Sixers intend to sign Belinelli. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that Belinelli had committed to signing with the Sixers upon clearing waivers. Belinelli agreed to a buyout with the Hawks on Friday.

    Belinelli, an 11-year NBA veteran, averaged 11.2 points per game on 37.2 percent three-point shooting this season with Atlanta. 

    Brett Brown expressed interest in adding to his bench's scoring, specifically from long range, prior to the trade deadline (see story). Belinelli won the three-point contest in 2014. 

    Though the Sixers were linked to several players, Belinelli included, they made no moves before the deadline. Now, it appears the team will look to Belinelli to boost their second-unit offense.  

    It looks like Belinelli is excited to join his new team ...

    This is not the first time Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo will have made a move to acquire Belinelli. Back in 2009, Colangelo traded for Belinelli from the Warriors while president and general manager of the Raptors. 

    At that time, Colangelo said of Belinelli, "Marco fills a void at the wing position where his shooting and scoring strengths will be needed. Marco's versatility and playmaking abilities make him a very valuable piece for us."