According to the Huffington Post, the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns are in serious talks to send center Marcin Gortat to the Alamo City in exchange for Tiago Splitter or Boris Diaw.
Source: Spurs-Suns deal 4 Gortat would either be n a Splitter sign-and-trade or Diaw/filler. Suns get at least a 2014 1st rounder either way— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 1, 2013
The Spurs are currently trying to lock Splitter in a new contract and have made him an offer. However, if the two sides are far apart, then getting a player like Gortat over seeing Tiago walk (through a team matching the Spurs recent offer to Tiago) with the team left empty handed, would be the better choice.
Gortat is a 6-year NBA player and averaged 11 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and shot 52% from the field last season with the Suns.
Gortat would be a slight upgrade over Splitter with Marcin proving much more physicality in the paint. Also, he has one contract season left (7.7 million) heading into next season which will give the Spurs more cap flexibility.
However, would giving up Diaw be a bit too much for Gortat? Diaw provided much needed offensive and defensive punch last season. He is versatile and is one of the better passing big men in the league. He can a lot more than Splitter.
Splitter did improve considerably in the regular season. He upped his stats, but in the postseason, he fizzled out and drew the ire of Spurs fans.
Weigh in Spurs fans? Thoughts on this rumored deal? Are you OK with seeing Splitter or Diaw leave to the Suns?
The offer that the Spurs have made is the qualified offer to keep him restricted....that's at $5 MIL. It's going to take more than that to get Splitter.
I say the spurs organization is good at what they do and what ever they decide to do I'm sure we'll be champions this upcoming season. #silvernblack4life
im a little concerned that nothing has happened yet. usually when teams are in serious talk the trade is officially done or completed within the hour of the report, but its been about a good 2 to 3 hours and still nothing. this would be a huge upgrade for the spurs if its just tiago or if its just diaw and nando(filler) we need a big that can defend, rebound and hit the mid range shot and thats gortat for ya
What is your source? Splitter can't walk, he is restricted. Splitter want to sign with Gortat? These are all questions you should consider. So we are going to make sure that Splitter doesn't walk but then we are going to let Gortat walk next year and give up our 1st in a good draft. This makes no sense what so ever.
No don't do this!! We need to have a pick in the 2014 draft. A lot of scouts are saying the 2014 draft is probably going to be one of the best draft classes of all time, even rivaling the 1996 class. Seriously, the 2014 draft is definitely the most ATHLETIC draft in NBA history. Now I know not all of the players will be there, some may stay in college and some europeans could drop out or come in, but overall, the '14 draft is garnering a lot of attention, and for good reason. With a class like that, it's safe to believe that there will still be some good players left even after the lottery, unlike this year's draft where it was considered one of the WEAKEST classes ever. Maybe the spurs can pull another Kawhi/George Hill trade in the 2014 draft and snag someone in the top 15. And whoever is in the top 15 of the 2014 draft is probably going to be a legit, nba ready player. Don't give up a pick next summer. Judging by the amount of great talent scouts are projecting to be available a year from now, we need to have a chance to pick from it.
@ajd21 No way we need to make this is actually a player that will complement TD and can score and does all the little thing and will not be rejected like Splitter was several times...
@ajd21 remember that the spurs would most likely have a pick in the late 20s which, as we all know, is "role player range." Given that the spurs are so adept at acquiring diamonds in the rough not through the draft (Danny Green & Gary Neal), a late first round pick is not that valuable. The true value is 1-15, especially top 5 where teams could get the next Lebron, KD, Paul, Duncan (Wiggins, Parker, Harrison, and Randle). Additionally, if the spurs do want to pull a kawhi/hill trade, like you said, RC is smart enough to acquire the most value out there.
@gcharlton27 Well yeah I know not EVERY player is going to be legit. Unlike this year's draft where probably 4 or 5 were truly legit, next year, the first 15 will most likely be NBA starters, and I'd say 7 of those 15 will probably be future multiple all stars. But yeah, we have a low pick, but I was just hoping maybe the front office can pull off a trade and snag someone in the top 15. We got Kawhi at 15, so I'm praying that something like that might happen. But picks 20-30 were pretty weak this year. Next year's 20-30 are most likely going to be a little better. So I'm not saying we'll grab a star next summer, but the CHANCES of grabbing a star, or at least a big time role player, is definitely higher a year from now due to the better overall talent available.
Just heard we signed Diaw back so I wouldn't mind a Sign an trade for Tiago, Their the same age but Gortat is a way better more physical player then Tiago...Plus he plays the pick an roll (Played with S.Nash) excellent with better paint Defense an rebonds then Splitter..I say go for him
@QuintonCantue Agreed! At 7.7 mil he's pretty good value. According to ESPN and other sources, the Hawks and Trail Blazers are prepared to offer him 8-9 mil. Given this, acquiring Gortat right now would be a really smart thing to do, especially if you could get Manu at a cheaper price to leave space for possibly Monta/Jarret Jack/Kirilenko
Gortat is a good PnR player trained by S Nash. He also can hita 15ft shot, rebounds , and block shots. He's just not been surrounded by much and has been looking for a way out after Nash left.
Yes, please do it. Diaw is likely to be bought out and could be resigned,or we can another vet who sees the court. For every great pass Boris makes, there are shots he doesn't that throw off the offense. He is really good when he doesn't pass up open shots, Gortat is 2 tiers up from Tiago.
Much rather see a Splitter & Blair deal. Diaw is a passing big that we need more than undersized bulky Blair. I like Blair but he never gets minutes and we need more size
splitter fine, diaw no. gortat is equal or better then splitter but he is physical which splitter is not. diaws passing, defense and brain cant be made up so easy.
I'll take it. I like Splitter, but Gortat is a level up from Splitter. Really nice guy too. Perfect fit for the Spurs' system.
I'm always hearing how tough it is for new players to pick up the Spurs system (off. & def.). With that in mind, I'm weary of picking up new players, who'll take a yr. to get acclimated, when the clock is fast approaching midnight on TD's career. The Spurs need another playmaker and that's where they should concentrate their efforts. And even with that it's gonna take time for whoever it is to learn where the plays are there to be made.
if diaw I OK with it. Splitter, I am on the fence about. He upped his stats, and runs the pick and roll great with tp. Blah!
O man !!!!! if they trade Diaw and let Splitter walk they will still have 16 million in cap space, resign Manu to a 4 million deal sign Neal to 2 million and still have 9 million to get Monta Ellis
to trade diaw and tiago for gortat and a filler hell yeah diaw and tiago are fine players but both are soft as hell and dont help that much in playoffs