According to multiple reports, Marco Belinelli has agreed to terms with the San Antonio Spurs.
Reports indicate that the deal is for 2 years and somewhere around $6 million.
The Italian shooting guard, who played last season with the Chicago Bulls, will add to an already deep bench (possible starter) in San Antonio.
Belinelli averaged nine points last season, while shooting 36 percent from three and 40 percent overall. He played an intricate role for the Bulls in the absence of All-Star Derrick Rose.
ESPN’s Marc Stein says that Belinelli had a more “lucrative offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play for an organization like the Spurs.”
The signing of Belinelli could bring an end to Gary Neal’s stint in San Antonio. Stein also says, that’s one of the reasons why the Spurs moved so quickly on Belinelli.
Neal is said to be getting interest in restricted free agency at a price point that San Antonio, to this stage, has been unwilling to match
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2013
Belinelli is a career 39 percent shooter from three and a 40-plus percent shooter from the rest of the floor. Belinelli brings a little more to the table than Neal, so, if in fact the Spurs can’t retain Neal, they should be fine.