The San Antonio Spurs have reached a deal with free agent guard Marco Belinelli according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
San Antonio has reached agreement on a two-year, approximately $6 million deal with free agent Marco Belinelli, league sources tell Y! (@WojYahooNBA)
Belinelli played last season with the Chicago Bulls and averaged 9.6ppg while shooting 39%FG and 35% from the 3-point line. He filled in nicely as a ball handler with Derrick Rose's absuence due to injury and that will be a plus for the Spurs, who count on Manu Ginobili to handle the ball off the bench as the backup point guard.
His shooting is something San Antonio desperately needs, especially in the Finals where the Spurs fell to the Heat. Belinelli averaged 11.1ppg on 41%FG shooting in two rounds this postseason.
Nando has to go and no disrespect to matt but all he does is make 3s when they dont matter and foul on d its like playing 4 vs 6 when he's on the floor
Ya he's solid and all but we dont need 3 sg get a backup sf dorrell wright hopefully spurs need to step up
I like this signing, I watched the heat bulls series. The Guy flat put competed againhe wasst players way more athletic than him. He was diving for loose balls not hesitating on big shots and he should thrive in the spurs system.gsg
its a good move we really did need more shooting we just went cold in the finals. I think that nando and bonner kind of worked their ways out of the rotation in the playoffs and dejuan we all know is probably going elsewhere. Gary's kind of the question here because everybody now knows he can shoot it from damn near 30 feet as was evidenced in the finals. Shooting and size I think were our top two concerns along with signing Manu.
The spurs are at 41 million with Splitter at 4.9 mil add 4.1 more, not 9mil more for Splitter. Brings to 45 mil, add 7mill for Manu, brings to 52 add 3 mil for Belinelli goes to 55 have about 3 mil to the cap, for who? dollar figures based on salary at hoopshype.
I have a feeling Marco will FLOURISH in the Spurs system. He was never scouted to be a starter or run an offense. Yet, in Chicago, he proved he could be pretty good as the primary ball handler. He had some big games with Chicago, and made some clutch shots during the year. I remember he had back to back 20 point games against Brooklyn in the first round, and was vital for them actually even making it to the 2nd round. Now he's asked to be a role player off the bench, and with our system, the passing, the efficient offense, I think he'll be making MORE plays in this role than in his starting role in Chicago. He's still pretty young, and from what I've seen, isn't a better SHOOTER than Neal, but a slightly better SCORER. He can score in more ways, and just has a more versatile game. I actually like this pick up. Not to mention, he now has someone to whom he can converse in Italian:) I just hope Neal goes, maybe amnesty Bonner (hopefully Blair goes too), so we can have enough money to get Andrei Kirilenko. He may not be an offensive powerhouse (never was), but his defense is still pretty elite. He is still a very good defensive big man who can guard multiple positions.
Should still be able to keep Neal, than sign someone to the MLE. Neal 2mil a year or less. Belinelli is an excellent shooter.
It seems like Gary Neal won't return, according to Marc Stein. He said that Neal is getting interest from other teams at a price point that the Spurs has been unwilling to match. That's probably why the Spurs jumped on signing Belinelli. I like this deal though. Belinelli seems like a good fit.
This likely means that either Nando, Patty or Corey are gone elsewhere soon. If we are lucky, it will include Matt of Blair on a sign and trade. Its finally getting fun. Replace SJ could be done at training camp or after seeing how player perform in Summer league. We don't need starter type for SF, and if we count Banes, we just need to replace Blair. Greene, or maybe even Richards, but Greene could be the 3/4 shot blocker scorer, off the bench with KL occasionally at SG. Options abound, but we now have 6 or 7 guards, Someone has to go. Even if we don't sign Neal we still need to move some players. Any guesses on what happens next. T Thomas will also be available in a week and is a Tx guy.
This is a wait and see signing for me. Price is good, but concerned about how this signing affects Spurs ability to add front court depth.
This is a very good deal for Spurs. He blossomed during the playoff against the Heat. He can handle the ball far better than Green and made alot of great shot during the Heat-bull series
a very solid signing imo. one has to wonder if AK-47 is really truly out of spurs reach now but if we can sign kirilenko also this will be a terrific offseason that turned out to be a bummer at first. now if we can cut bonner and/or let neal walk and sign kirilenko i will be jumping for joy
Not the signing I was expecting, but wasn't sure who we'd get with the MLE. I think Marco will be good for our bench.
@spursfan80 not sure what the MLE is around, but looks like SA used half of it. still got around $2.5-3 million left for another FA
MLE is 5mil and has not been touched with this deal, and neither has the bi annual. That gives us 7m to spend still if we want to get close to tax territory.
@JohnAbney btw Nando is only earning $1.4 million, that's the bi-annual exception amount. the "mini MLE" would be half the MLE and that's only new this year.
@JohnAbney ok where are you getting your salary cap info from? 58-41 is 17, so i don't know where you get 19 out of that.
Spurs don't get a "mini MLE" because they were never over the luxury tax nor repeat offenders, this is the first time under the new CBA that's going to be enforced anyway.
the MLE is for teams who don't have salary cap room or have less than the MLE to use. why would the NBA give a team the MLE if they have significant salary cap space? that makes no sense and never has been the case under any CBA.
the Spurs WOULD HAVE been under the cap by $17 mill (or $19 mill wherever you got that) if they renounced Manu/TS's rights but they chose to keep their rights and sign them to deals (the exceptions). so basically, the Spurs signed them before teams can sign free agents and they were never free agents. the Spurs go into July 7 as needing the MLE and that's where this signing comes from.
Without getting to into detail on my phone here, no the spurs had 19m not 17 (41 on the books, 58 is the cap) they may have gone slightly over the cap but not touching much if any of the MLE. The spurs signed Nando with the mini MLE last year not the bi annual.
The thing I don't get is everyone complaining about resigning Manu and splitter, when this team as it was constructed went to game 7 of the nba finals last year, and wcf the year before. There has been no need to completely overhaul or "make a big splash" like the rockets are trying or the pelicans. It doesn't mater what those teams do, in the end the spurs will be better!
@JohnAbney yes it has. the Spurs would've had $17 million free, but with Splitter/Manu (that's $16 million) together the team opted to take the exceptions and not the cap space.
in other words, the team chose to get the MLE by keeping their own players with the exception because they were under the cap but had less than the MLE.
if the Spurs would've kept the salary cap space, they wouldn't have had enough to sign Belinelli and you can't keep exceptions and cap space. it's either or. we used the bi-annual last year for Nando.