San Antonio, TX
Italian perimeter shooting specialist Marco Belinelli has reached a two-year $5.6 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs that could be signed beginning July 10.
Belinelli, 27, received a more lucrative offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers but wants to join the Spurs roster consisting of many international players.
The Spurs are anticipating the loss of guard Gary Neal who has free agency offers they are unwilling to match, prompting the team to quickly come to terms with Belinelli.
Belinelli averaged 9.6 points, two assists and 1.9 rebounds per game hitting 39.5 percent at two-point range and 35.7 percent from 3-point range last season with the Chicago Bulls. He also averaged 11.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 12 postseason games with the Bulls.
The No. 18 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Belinelli began his NBA career playing two season with the Golden State Warriors. He spent one season with the Toronto Raptors before playing two seasons with the then-New Orleans Hornets.
He posted fairly consistent regular season production in the past three years, including the previous two with New Orleans. His averages: 73 games, 26.5 minutes, 10.6 points, 41.7% two-point shooting and 38.6% three-point shooting.