Jun 9, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter (22) has his shot blocked by Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) in the second half during game two of the 2013 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mike Segar-Reuters/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Tiago Splitter Could Receive 'Lucrative Offer'

San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter could be in line for a big pay day in free agency, according to the latest buzz around the league. Splitter is a restricted free agent, so the Spurs will be able to match any offer that comes his way, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a bidding war ensue.

From Yahoo! Sports:

San Antonio Spurs restricted free-agent center Tiago Splitter could command an offer sheet that averages $8.5 million to $9 million annually, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to be a suitor for Splitter, league sources said. The Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks have salary-cap space, a need for a young center and general managers – Dennis Lindsey and Danny Ferry, respectively – who were Spurs front-office executives when Splitter came into the organization.

Luckily for the Spurs, they will likely be able to match the offer, which could come in around three-years, $25 million.

Splitter was beginning to come in to his own during the teams playoff run, so retaining him for next season will only help his growth and the team’s production.

Free agency kicks off just after midnight, so be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the free agency period as we keep you up to date with the latest news and rumors from around the league.

Tags: Atlanta Hawks NBA Free Agency Portland Trail Blazers San Antonio Spurs Tiago Splitter Utah Jazz

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