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Report: Spurs to add Marco Belinelli in two-year deal

Jul 4, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

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Marco Belinelli is a very San Antonio Spurs player — if you bring him off the bench and ask him to space the floor as a shooter he will do that well. He can put the ball on the floor and drive a little better than you think, but mostly he’s a hired gun from three. We saw in the NBA Finals what kind of damage the Spurs can do with a guy like that — ask him to play a role, just play to his strengths and he will shine.

The Spurs and Belinelli agreed to a two-year deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The deal is worth $6 million total.

Belinelli, 27, averaged 9.6 points a game in Chicago last season shooting 38,7 percent from three.

This could mean the end of Gary Neal in San Antonio, but Belinelli will fill that role nicely.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    I would let bonner go for Marco, but we need Neal. But I figure Matt makes to much to let go!!!

  2. dolphindubs - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    This guy plays some stout defense as well as making clutch shots. He was a headache for the Heat in the Mia/Chi series

  3. lkasprzak - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Another solid player for Spurs, wow…

  4. freeworld - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    i guess Neal is out, Blair gone, Tmac gone. i still say let Bonner go for a scoring, rebounding PF. sign Greg Oden to help overpayed splitter and let one of the point guars go.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Why Belinelli over Neal Spurs?? Plus with Green & Ginobili, where does he fit in the SG equation?

    • fredagsedb - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      Green can play SF. Ginobili will play around 20 mins pr. game in reg. season. Neal can play PG in the reg. season. Ginobili can play PG if he doesn’t have to guard PG or is guarding a second string PG. So not a big problem. But I don’t expect them to bring back Neal for anything more than a minimum-ish money.

  6. freeworld - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    if they keep neal they would play neal as pg which means 2 pg’s must go
    cory and nando i guess. ill keep the mills

    • fredagsedb - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      Cory Joseph is 21, already has to years of NBA experience, and is the only one of the three who got real run in these PO’s. He has the physical tools to be an Avery Bradley type player. That’s already how they used him this PO, stressing PG’s full-court, so I doubt they let him go. And he can learn offense behind one of the best PG’s in the league.

      De Colo is 6’5″ and can play both guard spots. And they just brought him in from Europe for this season. Doubt that they would let him go.

      Mills is a scoring PG, with a decent all-round game. Scoring is rarely what you need from your third string PG. Can’t remember his contract situation next year, but if they have to let somebody go (besides Neal) I’d actually say it should be Mills.

      They all played around 12 mins pr. game in the reg. season.
      Joseph: 13.9 (GP: 29 S:9)
      De Colo: 12.8 (G: 72 S:6)
      Mills: 11.3 (G;58 S:2)

      I think Mills is gonna be the odd one out of the three (If they let another guy than Neal go, or keep Neal) but otherwise, I think they’ll just let them battle it out and see who turns out the best

  7. htownred34 - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Neal will probably attract more teams and therefore make more money than want the spurs can or want to offer, that’s why they signed bellinelli over Neal..

    • fredagsedb - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      True

  8. bifford - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    He’ll probably a career year in San Antonio.

  9. acdc363 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    clutch pick up!

  10. bknowledge - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Manu 2.0…I posted last week asking them to add this guy. Thank You!

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