The San Antonio Spurs have made it clear who their front court star for the future will be — and no, it’s not Tim Duncan.
While Duncan can obviously opt to return next season and still be the man down low, the Spurs are making things clear that the front court in San Antonio will one day belong to Tiago Splitter. No, we are not comparing Duncan to Splitter, but as we do know, Duncan is not getting any younger, while Splitter has continued to improve throughout his time in San Antonio.
Well, on Tuesday afternoon, the Spurs reached a four year, $36 million deal with Splitter. The news was first reported by Yahoo! Sports‘ Adrian Wojnarowski. With their anchor in the paint locked up for the next four years, the Spurs can now turn its focus to free agent small forward Manu Ginobili, who you would assume would re-sign with the Spurs. In addition, it will be interesting to see what Duncan opts to do. After losing in the NBA Finals, he could certainly decide to return for one more stab at yet another championship.
In three seasons with the Spurs, Splitter has continued to improve from a production standpoint. During the 2012-13 season, Splitter averaged a career-high 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. If Splitter can continue to improve like he has in his first three years, there’s no doubt that this is a good investment for San Antonio. With that being said, whenever Duncan decides to call it a career, Splitter obviously needs to be ready to step up inside the paint.
This four year deal with the Spurs is a clear indication that San Antonio feels that Splitter can be the guy to do so.
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