May 6, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Marco Belinelli (8) is pressured by Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the second half in game one of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Bulls won 93-86. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
This off-season, Marco Belinelli signed a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs worth about $6 million.
Prior to his new landing spot, Belinelli spent years with Raptors, Warriors, and recently this past year with the Bulls helping them almost knock off the Heat. The shooter from Italy averaged 9.6 points a game last year, and was a critical piece to the Bulls playoff run. GM’s all over the league wanted to land Belinelli to their squad as he was a free agency this past off-season. However, it seems like it wasn’t only GM’s.
It was also 3 time scoring champion, Kevin Durant.
When asked about whether Belinelli would have helped the Thunder, Durant said, “No doubt. I tried to get him on our team, but unfortunately, San Antonio came in and got him from us. I wanted him on our team bad.”
He’s going to be a guy that we play against a lot and we have to find ways to stop him.”
I don’t disagree with Durant myself, as Belinelli would have been a great addition to this Thunder team. Oklahoma City lacks knock down shooters this year with the loss of Daequan Cook two years ago, and Kevin Martin this year. Now that Belinelli is in San Antonio, the Thunder will be facing off with him a bunch. Hopefully Durant’s words won’t come back to bite him.
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