The San Antonio Spurs made it official on two players, Marco Belinelli and Dante Cunningham, both of whom joined the team in free agency.
The San Antonio Spurs made the re-signing of Rudy Gay and Davis Bertans official earlier this month, along with 2018 first-round pick, Lonnie Walker. However, the organization never publicly confirmed the arrivals of outside free agents, Marco Belinelli and Dante Cunningham.
On Friday, the Silver and Black welcomed Cunningham and re-introduced Belinelli to the franchise. Neither had their contracts announced, per the team’s policy.
The Spurs re-signed Belinelli to a reported two-year, $12 million contract as free agency started on July 1. It’s a reunion between the two sides, since the Italian shooting guard played in San Antonio from 2013-15, winning the 2014 championship and averaging 10.4 points on 40.5 percent on three-point shooting.
Belinelli is still known for his outside shooting, which should be available in a main bench role or as a starter for the 2018-19 squad. Plenty of faces remain in the mix at the two and three positions, including the recently acquired DeMar DeRozan, but Belinelli will have room to operate in the rotation.
Cunningham joins the Spurs on a reported one-year, $2.5 million contract. His role as a hybrid small forward/power forward replaces Kyle Anderson, who departed for the Memphis Grizzlies on a four-year, $37.2 million deal. Though, Cunningham does not have the versatile defensive reputation of Slo-Mo.
Cunningham played the 2017-18 season with the New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets, averaging 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds on 45.1 percent shooting. He’s also spent time with the Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Bryn Forbes will become the final signing for San Antonio to announce. 2018 second-round pick Chimezie Metu can take a contract, but he may also take a G League contract with Austin. Either way, it seems the Spurs’ free-agent moves have slowed down or come to an end.