Found January 25, 2013 on Project Spurs:
For the first time in over a decade at least, the San Antonio Spurs have a free agent big that is going to be highly sought after and there's more than a .5 percent chance he leaves.  Good news for Spurs fans is Tiago Splitter appears to be finally living up to his potential that many believed he possessed when came stateside three years ago.  The problem with that comes this summer when the Brazilian center hits free agency. Splitter, a restricted free agent this summer, recently spoke with ESPN Brazil about his contract situation and basically said it's not something he's giving much thought and is enjoying his time with the Spurs. "It has not started yet. I guess we'll just talk about it in June, July. A thing about San Antonio is they talk to players in the middle of the season. And I would not worry about it. It's a team where I'm feeling fine now and I want to stay here " Always good to hear a player is content.  That doesn't change the fact that Splitter is going to be in high demand this summer.  He's also going to get paid with a capital PAID by someone, hopefully the Spurs.  This year Splitter makes just a shade under $4 million and the Spurs would probably consider themselves lucky to get him to re-sign at double that for three or four years.  Right now, Splitter is averaging 10.3 points, and 5.6 rebounds per game with a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 20.53.  His numbers in January are 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds a game.  While that doesn't sound like $8 million plus a year numbers, consider what other centers who are starters or key role players have received in the past two offseasons since the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed: 2012: Omer Asik, 3 years, $25 million. 2011-2012 numbers: 3.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 13.44 PER. 2012: JaVale McGee, 4 years, $44 million. 2011-2012 numbers: 10.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg, w/ Denver, 19.90 PER overall. 2011: DeAndre Jordan, 4 years, $43 million, 2010-2011 numbers: 7.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1,8 bpg, 16.39 PER. These comparisons obviously aren't apples to apples.  All of these guys are different players from Splitter and each other, but they all are either started for their team or was the first big man off the bench the year before their contracts were up and put up similar numbers.  Splitter, along with Minnesota's Nikola Pekovic, is going to get something in the $8-11 million a year range.  The good news is, since he's restricted, the Spurs will have the final say on who Splitter is playing with next year.  It just might cost them more than they wanted.  My guess is he signs closer to $8-9 million a year because of his age and lack of athleticism, but it just takes one crazy front office to offer him a ridiculous offer to make the Spurs pay more than they want to bring Splitter back.  Still, it's encouraging that he likes San Antonio and wants to be there long term.  Just don't expect any home town discounts. (translation via Google Translate)
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Tim Duncan and Greg Popovich out Saturday for Spurs

Tim Duncan hasn't played since January 21, and he won't be in Saturday's lineup, according to the Spurs. Duncan is resting a sore left knee. San Antonio will also be without coach Greg Popovich, who is sick. Tim Duncan (sore left knee) and Gregg Popovich (sick) will both miss tonight's Spurs-Suns game. — San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 26, 2013 Tiago...

Denmon returns to the practice court for Elan

After suffering a broken right foot in the opening game for French team Chalon-Elan, San Antonio Spurs 2012 draftee Marcus Denmon underwent surgery to repair his broken right foot where a metal rod was placed in his foot to strengthen it and to avoid further injury. That was then and this is now. After a long rehab process for Denmon, he is finally cleared to return to the...

Video: DeJuan Blair posterizes the Mavs

Heading into last night's game against the Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs' DeJuan Blair was not getting much time on the court and was relegated to the bench or played in garbage time. But with no Tim Duncan in action last night (sore left knee) Blair made the best of the opportunity and poured in a season-high of 22 points as the Spurs beat Dallas 113-107. And two...

Kawhi Leonard expected back for San Antonio Friday

A errant nail in the 76ers' court will only sideline Kawhi Leonard for one game. Spurs beater writer Mike Monroe reports that Leonard is "good to go" for Friday night's game with the Dallas Mavericks. Kawhi Leonard says he's good to go for Spurs vs. Mavs in Dallas tonight — Mike Monroe (@Monroe_SA) January 25, 2013 Leonard suffered the most bizarre...

Spurs keep winning without Duncan, Popovich

DALLAS -- The streaking San Antonio Spurs were already without ill coach Gregg Popovich and All-Star forward Tim Duncan. Then they lost All-Star point guard Tony Parker for all but three minutes of the first quarter after two cuts to his left eye that would require three stitches to close. None of it stopped the Spurs from continuing their season-long demolition of the Dallas Mavericks...

Parker powers Spurs past Suns

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker had 31 points and the San Antonio Spurs earned their eighth consecutive win by shutting down the Phoenix Suns in the final quarter for a 108-99 victory on Saturday night. Manu Ginobili added 20 points, Tiago Splitter had 13, Boris Diaw finished with 11 for San Antonio (36-11), which has won 16 in a row at home. The Spurs were without Tim Duncan ...

Spurs 108, Suns 99

Tony Parker had 31 points and the San Antonio Spurs earned their eighth consecutive win by shutting down the Phoenix Suns in the final quarter for a 108-99 victory on Saturday night. Manu Ginobili added 20 points, Tiago Splitter had 13, Boris Diaw finished with 11 for San Antonio (36-11), which has won 16 in a row at home. The Spurs were without Tim Duncan (sore knee) and coach...

With Duncan sidelined, Parker leads Spurs over Suns 108-99

SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker carried the Spurs in the fourth quarter Saturday, leading San Antonio to a 108-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns at the AT&T Center. Parker scored 31 for San Antonio, making 13 of 17 shots. He had 11 points, five assists and two steals in the fourth quarter, when the Spurs outscored Phoenix 27-17. As Phoenix called a timeout with 6:21 left in the...

5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Suns

The San Antonio Spurs (35-11) will host the Phoenix Suns (15-28) tonight in San Antonio in their first meeting this season as the Spurs look to continue their dominance at the AT&T Center where the team has won 15-games in a row. Not to mention continuing their dominance at home against Phoenix as the Spurs have won six-straight over the Suns in San Antonio. The Spurs are...

Kaman: Stern 'hates' the Spurs

Chris Kaman isn't a player who usually says controversial things, especially when they're thought to be true for years. In an interview with DallasNews.com, Kaman said the commissioner of the NBA, David Stern, "hates" the San Antonio Spurs. When he was asked about fans following players over teams, he responded: “One exception to that is the Spurs...

Suns-Spurs Preview

The Southwest Division-leading San Antonio Spurs own the best home record in the NBA, and that doesn't seem likely to change against their next opponent. The Phoenix Suns, however, are finding a spark under new coach Lindsey Hunter. While it's unclear if coach Gregg Popovich and forward Tim Duncan will return, the Spurs go for a 16th straight home win Saturday night when...

Spurs-Mavericks Preview

As easily as the San Antonio Spurs have dominated the Dallas Mavericks this season, there's reason to believe this matchup could be different. Even though the Spurs are rolling and Gregg Popovich should be back on the sidelines, the Mavericks have gotten hot themselves and might not have to face Tim Duncan when these rivals square off Friday night in Dallas. San Antonio (34...

Parker, Splitter lead short-handed Spurs over Hornets

Before tonight’s game, New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams called San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker a “one-man wrecking crew” when asked about the Spurs being without Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard. Parker did his part to live up to Williams’ high praise by finishing the game with 24 points and 13 assists with just one turnover as he led the Spurs back into the game...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.