San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli has been one of the more interesting stories of the first half of the season for the Spurs. After his signing, most expected he'd play spot minutes, come into the game as a three-point threat when needed and work to acclimate himself to the Spurs and their infamous system and schemes that several former players have said takes a minimum of one year to really get accustomed to.
The likes of Richard Jefferson, Michael Finley, Antonio McDyess among others have spoken at length about the one-year feeling out period before the truly felt like they found their place with the Spurs.
But somehow Belinelli has cast aside traditions as he seems to have seamlessly found a way to weave himself into the team's fabric and culture almost as easily as he weaves himself through opposing defenses..
The Spurs signed Belinelli after opting to not re-sign Gary Neal, and have found a player that fits in better with the team, not to mention their pocketbooks.
But while Belinelli is more than happy to have traded in the metropolis of Chicago for the slower-paced, small market town of San Antonio now, there was a time not long ago when the Italian guard could only see the Windy City in his future.
But Belinelli found himself in a situation similar to Neal. While he wanted nothing more than to return to the Bulls, the team thought they had a better fit, and a lighter load on their wallets, in free agent Mike Dunleavy.
With his future destination in question, and a few offers coming his way, Belinelli listened and pondered, until one came his way that could perhaps put him in a better position than he had been in.