Thursday, July 4th, 2013 at 4:05 pm  |  22 responses

San Antonio Spurs to Reportedly Sign Marco Belinelli for $6 Million

Free agent guard Marco Belinelli has agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs. The 27-year old averaged 9.6 points in 73 games for the Chicago Bulls last season. Per Yahoo! Sports: “San Antonio has reached agreement on a two-year, approximately $6 million deal with free agent Marco Belinelli, league sources say … The plan remains to still try and re-sign restricted free agent Gary Neal, sources say.”

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  • Lloyd

    Great sign! He’s going to be great playing for Pop and takes some pressure off of Manu. Nice move by the Spurs.

  • roscoe

    it is a HUGE problem when u say “takes some pressure off of Manu”.

    the manGinobli signing was a mistake… Pop knows better.

  • OfftheWall87

    Nah. Manu has the right to retire as a Spur which he now will.

  • Lloyd

    Not at that price.

  • Lloyd

    Whether or not it was a mistake, it still takes pressure off Manu. He and Neal were supposed to carry the bench scoring (Matt Bonner was a non-existent 3rd option). I personally hate Gary Neal’s game. He’s way too trigger happy, takes a huge amount of ill-advised shots, and is the embodiment of “streaky”. Way too inconsistent to be reliable. Manu was supposed to shoulder a lot of the burden, which he crumbled under.

    Beli showed flashes of brilliance with the Bulls (been a fan of his since he was on the Raps). It gives them a boost off the bench and a better balanced scoring option there too. He’s going to be a nice weapon in Pop’s arsenal.

  • robb

    Maybe now with Belinelli they will limit Manu’s minutes so he can retire a Spurs without driving their fans crazy. It’s a good move by the Spurs.

  • spit hot fiyah

    which he would have without the extension he just signed.

  • Redd

    Spurs had a bad off season, this is the only positive move.

  • Lloyd

    For sure that’s why they brought him in. Manu isn’t 6th man of the year Manu anymore, and to expect him to be at that level is ridiculous. This gives him help.

  • R.e. Lora

    Now the wings are pretty much covered. Time to get help for Tim!

  • Andeez

    Any team in the league would be lucky to have R.C Buford as a GM. That guy knows how to draft/trade/sign.

  • roscoe

    u have a good perspective on beli… i agree.

    but signing mGin after the T/O & lack of a rebound which would have produced a “golden ball” is too much for me.

    we all know the time runs out 4 everyone… and that money to mGin will hurt SAS.

  • pposse

    wtf why didn’t the bulls keep Bellinelli if he signed for 2 yrs 6 mill? Thats the price we got Dunleavy Jr. for.

  • Mariano

    Apparently Belinelli took less money to sign with the Spurs

  • The Seed

    This signing will not change anything. Pop lost the NBA Finals for the Spurs. Pop should have played Blair more, media and others forgot how good he plays the four. I would have played Blair more, instead of Splitter, who was out-rebounded and did nothing in the middle to stop the Heat. Bulls should have kept him with Rose, finally playing this upcoming year. Their is no need to sign him if have Green and others.

  • ses

    That’s exactly what I was thinking! I expected Marco to leave for more than that.

  • pposse

    why in the hell would he do that?

  • Lloyd

    Can’t discount a player from one bad post season. He still has a little left in the tank and if a coach can stretch anybody’s talent and gas, it’s Pop and his great staff down in SA. I definitely think 7 mill a year is way too steep for him, but that’s just misguided loyalty.

  • pposse

    i thought the thinking going into the off season was to let go of nate rob and try and resign bellinelli if we can, but then he goes and signs with another team for the most we could have offered him? What is that guys problem?! is he stupid, you would rather play with an aging spurs team coming off the bench behind Manu than on the Bulls with a rujevenated d rose? And, being italian a city like Chicago would have suited you fifty times better. Unless the Bulls didnt want him or offer him anything, this makes no sense.

  • Saleem Rainman

    To me, the only reason MANU hasnt been “6th man of the yer manu” has been his role has been completely differnet the past 2 years or so. After they lost TJ ford (remember that?) he had to be the primary ball handler on the pick and role off the bench, and as his athleticism waned, so did his effectiveness, cuz he wasnt able to play the pick and role as well, and thats what made him great. With this signing, and hopefully one of nando or Joseph being able to step up, Manu can go back to being Manu again and worry more about scoring (i.e game 5 and 7 of the finals) and less about making plays for others.

  • Saleem Rainman

    because its the San Antonio Spurs lol

  • Lloyd

    His court vision and passing ability is just as good as it used to be, but it just seems like the thing that made Manu, Manu is gone. As his physical capabilities regressed, it seems like he’s lost his confidence. He used to hit huge shots and make impossible passes, but he just seems like his head isn’t in the same place anymore resulting in bad decisions and turnovers. Still capable of flashes of brilliance, but he needs a mental overhaul this offseason.