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Report: Spurs, Tiago Splitter near four year, $36 million deal

Jul 2, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT

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Tiago Splitter is coming off his best season in the NBA. He took on a larger role in San Antonio — he was a starter on a team that went to the seventh game of the NBA Finals, he was the real anchor of their defense, he averaged 10.3 points a game on 56 percent shooting, he grabbed 6.4 rebounds a game and had a PER of 18.7. He’s not an All-Star, but he is a quality NBA big man.

And in the NBA, quality bigs get paid well.

Splitter is on the verge of a four-year, $36 million deal to stay with the Spurs, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Portland had strongly considered signing Splitter to an offer sheet near the $9 million salary that Spurs paid, but Splitter’s representatives and San Antonio worked out most of the details of an agreement on Monday night and into Tuesday, sources said.

This is about the going rate for a quality big man in the NBA today. I think the fourth year could be a little bit of a surprise, but  at age 2  four years is a safe bet. If the Spurs decide to make changes down the line, they will be able to move this contract.

Splitter was key to helping Tim Duncan’s renaissance this year, doing a lot of the physical big man dirty work that wears down the older Duncan now. Splitter was at the heart and rim protector of a resurgent Spurs defense that carried this team all the way to the Finals.

If you want to say Splitter isn’t worth it because he struggled against the Heat’s small ball lineups in the Finals, I’ll remind you that without his big body and strong play in the conference finals against Memphis San Antonio would have been watching the Finals on television like you were.

Besides, by now shouldn’t the Spurs get the benefit of the doubt on all their signings?

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Tiago Splitter for an average of $9,000,000 a year, 4 years…….you’ve gotta be ____ing kidding me!?

    • 808raiderinparadise - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      Don’t worry rumor is …. LeBron BLOCKED the deal

      • pantsfreezone - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        So did Shane Battier. And this deal looks much better when you consider David West is getting $12 million a year.

      • dondada10 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        David West >> Tiago Splitter.

  2. pmx8411 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    every time I see Splitter all i see is King James stuffing his FACE with that monster block..he is getting PAID though!!

  3. quickrespond - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Don’t do it nooooooooo let him walk

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Starting C contracts are getting out of control! If only DeJuan Blair was 4-5 inches taller!

    • profoundtoo - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      Glad they signed him, now they’ll never win!

  5. goraidersgospurs - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I was going to say something negative about him not getting PT against Miami, But you shut me up quick with that watching the finals from home sentence!!!

  6. loubearkane - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Splitter is worth 5-6 a year max. 9 a year is ridiculous and for four years when in two years they will be rebuilding.

  7. 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Hell, if only I were 10-11 inches taller! Damn you genetics!
    **shakes fist, looking up to the sky**

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      I just blame bad luck. If only scouts came to the B-court of my local rec league, they’d know I belong.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        That may just well be the best comment I’ve read on here for the year 2013^
        LOL, that was great!

  8. quickrespond - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Spurs have me puzzled as a fan by keeping bonner why I don’t know, by trying to keep splitter with that payday. This the time when they could let these guys go to get much bigger and stronger. And let some of them PG’s go.

  9. quickrespond - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    player to get for the Spurs Nikola Pekovic, greg oden, Earl Clark…

  10. biasedhomer - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Good signing, I think he has room to progress even more.

  11. 13arod - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Splittier wasn’t even a factor in the finals and isn’t worth 30 million

    • cmehustle - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      He was a factor in the WCF. But if you only watch basketball for the finals, I’m sorry I bothered you.

  12. golfrangeman - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    I think there over paying by about $30 mil

  13. dolphindubs - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    With one MASSIVE block LeBron James stole every ounce of confidence that Tiago had built up from a solid year of play. He needs to spend the off-season visiting a psychologist to work through that issue and regain his belief in himself.

  14. qpoiu1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I’m brazilian but I have to recognize that this is huge overpaying

  15. dondada10 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Very un-Spurs like. If anything, Splitter played worse and worse as the playoffs progressed. He barely played in games 5-7 of the finals.

  16. azarkhan - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    …”he averaged 10.3 points a game on 56 percent shooting, he grabbed 6.4 rebounds a game and had a PER of 18.7.” Not bad for playing 24.7 MPG. Good signing by the Spurs.

    • khadeemw - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      i can care less about his numbers…u can watch the game and see that he was a liability during the playoffs…he definitely didnt deserve this money….somethin in the range of 3 yrs 12 million would make way more sense

    • muhangis - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Yes and he was absolutely weak during the post season, not just worthless during the NBA Finals, his numbers were meager throughout the playoffs. He didn’t do anything against the Grizzlies either (Idk what this author is talking about.)

      Yes his numbers during the reg. season were not bad, vastly better than his postseason #’s (when it counts most!) [NBA Finals]

      • cmehustle - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        Na, you should re watch the Grizz series. Remember Zach Randolph? Im sure he knows Tiago Splitter.

  17. basketballhooper1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    ” I think the fourth year could be a little bit of a surprise, but at age 2 four years is a safe bet. ”


    Come on man, proofread that stuff. It’s that not hard.

  18. kacapaco - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    No way. this is the same TS who was blocked by every Miami player in that game, rt?!?!

  19. senorpapino - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Kurt getting snarky at the end of the article.

  20. savvybynature - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    “he was the real anchor of their defense”
    So Duncan was what, just putting up empty stats? Splitter is a good defender, but c’mon now, Duncan is a better rebounder, shot blocker, floor general and is clearly the anchor of the Spurs’ interior defense.
    As for the comment that they couldn’t have beat the Grizz without Splitter, you might be right but that is a pretty bold claim considering the Spurs swept Memphis and were clearly the better team.

    • spursareold - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Tiago’s D rating is 95. That’s excellent. Duncan is also only going to play another year, or possibly two. The Spurs will need a D anchor at that point.

  21. scalfor3 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    If he’s getting this kind of money at age 2, imagine what he’ll get on his next deal? He’ll be 6 by then

  22. bknowledge - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Too much money for Tiago…
    Its been great watching the Spurs during Duncan’s career. Its time for Manu to go. He had 1 good game out of 7 in the finals. Wish they’d take Manu’s salary (14 mil) and make offers to Milsap (9 mil) and Belinelli (3.5 mil). Belinelli’s skill set is better than Manu’s at this point…(sorry Manu, you were great just a few years ago)…

  23. sportsstar4u - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    I wish I had made that much at 2 years old. Wow.

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