How you feel about Marco Belinelli will likely depend on how you feel about Manu Ginobili.
Make no mistake — Belinelli is no Ginobili. Rather he’s a watered-down version of the aging yet still-potent dynamo the Spurs had no doubts about re-signing even after a wildly inconsistent Finals. Considering Ginobili at 36 is a watered-down version of his own best self that isn’t a ringing endorsement.
But for a Spurs team with minimal cap space after bringing back Ginobili and Tiago Splitter and a need for another multi-talented guard to lighten the load on Ginobili and Tony Parker Belinelli was a practical choice. If Matt Bonner is Winter Shoes the Italian journeyman is Christmas Socks: Thoroughly underwhelming but useful nonetheless.
With Gary Neal gone and the true back-up point guard role still unsettled the Spurs will rely on their lone offseason acquisition of consequence in a big way.
“He’s going to enter in our plans significantly and quickly” head coach Gregg Popovich said.