Before the NBA Trade Deadline passed, the San Antonio Spurs showed interest in Atlanta Hawks guard Marco Belinelli. Now that he’s a free agent, will the Spurs make a move?
The San Antonio Spurs were quiet at Thursday’s 2018 NBA Trade Deadline. That’s while teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz made moves to shake up their roster. Even before that, there was the trade that sent Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Detroit Pistons.
With the deadline over, the focus shifts to the buyout market, which should develop over the next three weeks before the Mar. 1 cutoff for free agents to be on playoff rosters. Atlanta Hawks guard Marco Belinelli will be part of this, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the two sides agreed to a buyout on Friday, making the veteran guard a free agent.
Wojnarowski did not specify who wants Belinelli as a free agent, but he noted the teams that showed interest before the trade deadline, all of whom have open roster spots: Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Spurs.
Belinelli’s not unknown to San Antonio. He played for them in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, winning a championship in the former. This was followed by stints with the Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets and the Hawks.
If the Spurs add the Italian guard, he will add depth to a group that’s dealt with injuries for most of the 2017-18 season. Whether it’s Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Dejounte Murray or Tony Parker, all of these players have missed time or are currently out of action. Plus, it’s a 3-point scoring option for a team that’s struggled from the field without Kawhi Leonard all but nine games.
Does Belinelli make sense as a post-trade-deadline acquisition for the Spurs? Should they stand pat after doing the same at the deadline?