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Report: Tiago Splitter finally coming to the NBA, agrees to terms with Spurs

Jul 9, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

Tsplitter.jpgTiago Splitter may not be but a blip on the average NBA fan’s radar, but he’s about to step into one of the finest organizations in the sport with the potential to make a huge impact. After much delay, Splitter will finally join the Spurs, according to a report by The Ticket 760 in San Antonio, giving Tim Duncan a proper big man running mate for the first time in a long while.

Even if Splitter doesn’t quite make headlines in the LeBron aftermath, this is a huge signing for the Spurs. Antonio McDyess’ season wasn’t all that productive, and as impressive as DeJuan Blair may be, he was never the ideal candidate for a full-time gig at Duncan’s side. Tiago’s perfect for the job, and so much a stylistic fit for the Spurs that it’s sickening.

Splitter’s signing may not be earth-shaking, but it does have legitimate implications for the rest of the conference. Maybe the rest of the West’s second-tier teams won’t be goaded into making reactionary moves in the coming days, but the stability and depth the Spurs just picked up mandates their inclusion in any NBA outlook. Gregg Popovich’s big three may have one more run in them yet, and with Splitter, Blair, an emerging George Hill, and possibly another acquisition in tow, San Antonio has quietly created a team reminiscent of their title-winning roots.

  1. Javi Martinez - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    This signing is huge for the Spurs. This makes them a legitimate threat in the West to contend with Lakers as the top 2 teams to beat coming out of that Conference to challenge the Heat. Splitter is bettr than Scola was in Europe and we all know how good and effective Scola has been in the NBA. Hats off to RC Buford AND Pop for continuing to do so much for the NBA’s smallest market team. They are quietly rebuilding through the draft like no other organization could ever do and the fact that they aquired yet again in my opinion, the steal of the draft in James Anderson, only proves that they are the model for which all professional franchises should follow…are you listening David Kahn!

  2. vincegarcia - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    this is really hure for the spurs!!!! and without a doubt the spurs fans would be jumping for joy with the acquisition of splitter. now we have the next generation of spurs after the duncan era. we will have the contender for the next 10 years. combined with george hill, anderson, gee, temple and ryan richards i think the next 5 seasons will definitely be spurs seasons.
    congratulations to the spurs and lets have few more rings for the franchise.

  3. jim - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:05 AM

    Add Shaq in the mix and that should put out the fire or should I say Heat? Got IT? (Miami)

  4. Byron - Jul 10, 2010 at 5:20 AM

    Is San Antonio really the smallest market? They are the ninth largest city in the country, is this because they are close to Houston which gobbles up a 200 mile radius? Who do most people in Austin prefer?

  5. Matt - Jul 10, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    What that means is we don’t sell as much merchandise as say L.A. would or anybody else in the league we are not money makers if we go to the N.B.A finals because nobody likes how we play fundamental boring basketball so they go for teams that are exciting, but hey we got championships anyways. :)

  6. Franco - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Now we just need Shaq to pound,wear out, and weaken opposing centers before Timmy and Tiago move in for the kill!

  7. caroline - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    7th largest city :)

  8. Bebop-alula - Jul 12, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    It’s the best time for him to come. They really need a big man to play alongside Tim Duncan. He should welcome the opportunity to play with Duncan and while the Spurs still have healthy Manu and Parker. It will bde a smooth transition period to the post-Duncan era.

  9. steffi ivanovic - Jul 12, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Hope this time this news is true. The Spurs have been unlucky on their foreign draftees from Scola, Javtokas, Scola, and Mahinmi.
    Splitter may not be the second coming of David Robinson, but he coulde certainly help Tim Duncan. And he could be the center for the new Spurs’ squad of the post-Duncan era.

  10. sokemiller - Jul 12, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    I am so happy , happy, happy that we got splitter now we shaq, no one will touch us in the play offs. Good RC AND POP

  11. Jimmy de Francesco - Jul 12, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    If he comes aboard this year, the Spurs will definitely compete with the Lakers’ frontline of Gasol, Bynum and Odom. And if Manu, Parker, and Hill are healthy, with Anderson living up to his reputation as th4e best shooter in the draft, Spurs fans have an exciting season to look forward to.

  12. Jimmy de Francesco - Jul 12, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    If he comes aboard this year, the Spurs will definitely compete with the Lakers’ frontline of Gasol, Bynum and Odom. And if Manu, Parker, and Hill are healthy, with Anderson living up to his reputation as the best shooter in the draft, Spurs fans have an exciting season to look forward to.

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