Currently one victory away from the NBA Finals, concern about impeding free agency is not on the minds of the San Antonio Spurs.
However, when that time comes, they may have more to worry about than just fellow NBA teams attempting to sign their backup center, Tiago Splitter.
Splitter, who is a restricted free agent at season end, is expected to be relatively coveted given the premium on NBA big men and interest from a handful of NBA teams including the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks has already been shown. The interest isn’t just in the NBA though as the pride of the Liga ACB, Real Madrid, wants to bring the 6’11 across the Atlantic.
Playing in the Liga ACB wouldn’t be anything new for Splitter as he played 10 seasons there and was the 2010 MVP with Tau Cerámica. Still, the chance of such a deal happening seems unlikely as the highest paid member of Real Madrid was Rudy Fernandez at just under $4 million dollars – a salary Splitter can nearly double on a new contract in the NBA.
The 28-year-old Splitter averaged 10 points and nearly 6.5 rebounds in 25 minutes a night this past season.