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Old 07-11-13, 06:00 PM
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Spurs make it official: Ginobili, Belinelli, Pendergraph sign free agent deals; Splitter’s deal expected soon

Manu Ginobili officially remains what general manager R.C. Buford calls “a big part of the heart and soul” of the Spurs.

The signing of the two-year free agent contract that brings the soon-to-be-36-year-old guard from Argentina back to San Antonio was announced by the club on Thursday.

The deals that will put guard Marco Bellinelli, who played last season for the Chicago Bulls, and forward Jeff Pendergraph, formerly with the Indiana Pacerws, in silver and black also were announced.

Starting center Tiago Splitter’s four-year contract has yet to be finalized but should be completed by week’s end.

Ginboili’s deal is for a reported $14 million over two seasons and Buford said the club continues to expect big things from the two-time All-Star, despite his age.

“Obviously, he’s been a big part of the heart and soul of our team for many years and we’re excited that he’s got a summer to take off from the national team and rejuvenate his body,” Buford said. “We’re expecting big things against from Manu.”

Buford said he expects Belinelli’s skills to fit well with the Spurs. The 6-foot-5 guard from Italy averaged 9.6 points and 2.0 assists in just under 26 minutes per game with the Bulls last season.

“He does a lot of things that fit the way we play, both from a skill and cultural perspective,” Buford said.

Pendergraph, 6-foot-9 and 250-pounds, came from the Indiana Pacers, and highly recommended by new assistant coach Jim Boylen, a former Pacers assistant.

“He’s a very physical player,” Buford said. “His skill set fits us. He’s a good passer who can play four and five. All indications are he’s an 18-foot jump shooter who just hasn’t had a lot of opportunities.”

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