After a three-year hiatus, the Italian sharpshooter has agreed to a new contract to return to the San Antonio Spurs.
As the calendar flipped pages from June 30th to July 1 the NBA universe was thrown into a frenzy as free agency officially began and dozens of updates from around the league started flowing through the Twittersphere. The San Antonio Spurs first took care of a bit of house business, agreeing to a 1-year, $10 million deal with Rudy Gay. Soon after, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the team also came to terms with a contract with former Spur Marco Belinelli.
Free agent guard Marco Belinelli has agreed to a two-year, $12M deal with the Spurs, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
Belinelli, who was a key contributor on the 2014 championship team, agreed to a 2-year/$12 million deal Sunday morning. Belinelli spent just two years in the Alamo City before signing with the Sacramento Kings in 2015. He then bounced around to the Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks before spending the second half of last season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
During his time in Philly, Belinelli averaged 13.6 points, while connecting on 38.5 percent of his three-point attempts. At 32, Belinelli embraced his role as a spot-up shooter, knocking down a variety of ridiculous shots during the regular season and the playoffs.
Belinelli’s shooting stroke will be a sight for sore eyes for Spurs fans. Last year, the Spurs ranked near the bottom of the NBA in a number of offensive categories such as 3-Pointers made (28), 3-Pointers attempted (27), 3-Point percentage (26) and total points (27). The addition of a microwave-scorer like Belinelli will give the Spurs offense a much needed injection of bench points production and veteran leadership.
While free agency is only in its adolescent stages, it will be interesting to see how everything shakes out with the Spurs, considering the Kawhi Leonard situation is still up in the air. Any potential trades could significantly alter the Spurs roster but the team has already made a couple of solid moves with the Gay and Belinelli signings to remain competitive.