Spurs re-sign center Tiago Splitter to four-year deal
The San Antonio Spurs have retained a key member of their NBA Finals run and their future by re-signing center Tiago Splitter to a 4-year, $36 million deal.
The 28-year-old Brazilian averaged 10.5 points and 6.4 rebounds during the 2012-2013 season, and played a crucial role in the Spurs’ NBA Finals run. His contributions were noted across the league as well.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the Portland Trail Blazers were strongly considering signing Splitter to an offer sheet that would have been valued similarly to the deal that the Spurs gave him.
With this deal, the Spurs have shown that they know how important their 2007 first-round pick is to their future, as the end of Tim Duncan’s career looms ahead. With the skill set that Splitter had, and the fact that he fell out of the Spurs starting lineup in the Finals, the amount and length of the contract seems right. He is by no means a top NBA center, but he is a solid big-man, and a solid contributor.
The Spurs will likely offer a five-year extension to up-and-coming star Kawhi Leonard, believes CBS Sports writer Royce Young. They will now turn their attention to their other free-agents, veteran Manu Ginobli and role-player Gary Neal.
A rebuilding period or retooling period may be up ahead for the Spurs, but they hope they can milk one more run out of Duncan and Co.