This summer, Tiago Splitter becomes a restricted free agent. I know quite a few San Antonio Spurs fans who would have told you last year that they were looking forward to the day when Splitter could leave the Spurs for another team.
However, after improving on all of his numbers this year, almost as if he were auditioning for free agency, Splitter has become a lot more valuable to the team. Those that wanted Splitter gone might now be changing their tune.
Tiago made $3.9 million this year, but after working his way into the starting rotation and putting in some quality minutes, you can bet he’s due for a pay raise. The market will dictate his price, but everyone knows that big men can get a lot more because quality post players have become rather scarce these days.
So who has their sights set on landing the Brazilian big man?
One report says he might be headed within the division to the Spurs’ Texas rival, the Dallas Mavericks.
“The Spurs have the right of first refusal and will exercise that right if the offers come in at the right number. But Dallas and Atlanta have to have him on their short lists, with several other teams focusing in on him early on in the process.”
Anything you read at this point is just speculation because it’s a little too early to be thinking about July, but the Mavericks are just one of the teams that have a need for a real big men.
I’m not sure Tiago Splitter can fill the role of “star post player,” but teams get desperate for centers. Look at how much the Houston Rockets paid for Omer Asik. Wherever Tiago ends up, he’s going to be making the big bucks.
I've liked Tiago, but he seems to be bumbling around with Bogut this series. I don't know if it's the playoffs in general or just a bad matchup with a bigger post player. I can't recall one good Splitter play of the series off the top of my head, but sure can recall some bad ones. Maybe that selective memory...
The Spurs will NOT have sleepless nights without Splitter. Adios amigo. Sayonara! The free agency has better big men available like JJ Hickson, Andray Blatche and Al Jefferson. They can trade for Anderson Varejao of the Cavs who are expected to draft big in the upcoming draft season. In addition the Spurs can let go of Mills and Neal, two undersized guys; Blair, Manu (too old), Bonner who doesn't know how to use his 6'10" frame and maybe retire Diaw. It would be nice to see in their place guys like Gerard Henderson, Jr. (SG), Chandler Parsons (SF); move up the board and sign guys like Karasev and one of Plumlee, Zeller or Withey; see if Bertans (SF) and Richards (PF/C) are ready for the nest level. Without Jax ($10m), Manu (14m), Bonner ($4m), Splitter ($4m), Mills ($1.5m) Blair $1.9m) and Neal ($2m). the Spurs save $34m. In any language this huge. They can afford, easily, to participate in free agency. What about Mr. Buford, Mr. Holt and coach Pop?
Just dump him for better center as Al Jefferson available even though he is pricey. Splitter can npt create his own shot. He lives by pick'n roll. He is not good to this team in this series.
after watching him in this series I stick to what i always said...GOODBYE...They can have him like they grabbed up Mahinmi...We need a real center to get Duncan his fifth