Dec 5, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter (22) celebrates a basket with guard Gary Neal (14) during the second half against the Milwaukee Bucks at the AT

San Antonio Spurs Extend Qualifying Offers to Tiago Splitter, Gary Neal

With NBA free agency just around the corner, teams had the ability to extend qualifying offer to some soon to be free agents, and one of those teams that decided to extend those offers was the San Antonio Spurs. According to reports, the Spurs have extended the qualifying offers to forward Tiago Splitter and guard Gary Neal.

By doing so, Splitter and Neal become restricted free agents with the Spurs having the ability to match any offer the players receive.

From Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News:

… as the Finals proved, Splitter’s skill set is not so developed that he’s essential. He has limited utility as a post player, and the Heat were able to force him off the court by going small. At 28, what you see is probably what you’re going to get — a solid, if unspectacular role player.

Yet it’s not unthinkable that Splitter, even after an underwhelming postseason and with the new CBA’s ultra-punitive tax thresholds potentially discouraging Monopoly-money contracts, could earn an offer surpassing $10 million. At that point the Spurs would have to think long and hard about going in a different direction.

The Spurs could easily refuse to match any offers if the price tag gets too steep, but that will be the tough choice that San Antonio will have to decide on their own when the time comes.

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

Tags: Gary Neal NBA Free Agency San Antonio Spurs Tiago Splitter

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