Could Tiago Splitter and the Spurs part ways this off-season?

download (11)The San Antonio Spurs have a lot of important decision to make this off-season. Going forward, it is pretty clear that forward  Kawhi Leonard is the star and the organization plans to build around him. As the Spurs wait to find out if Tim Duncan will return, it has been report that LaMarcus Aldridge will be heavily pursed by the Spurs as well. With Leonard most likely getting a max contract, the Spurs will have to move some pieces around if they want to bring in Aldridge. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, forward Tiago Splitter could be a prime candidate to be traded to free up some cap space.

 

The working assumption nonetheless persists that the Spurs, with maestro executive R.C. Buford as their offseason point man, will manufacture at least $20 million in salary-cap space this summer to go after Aldridge — or Memphis’Marc Gasol — even if Leonard is maxed and Duncan returns.

How?

One scenario on the personnel grapevine gaining steam is the notion that the Spurs could elect to explore the possibility of dealing away Tiago Splitter to create more financial flexibility. Splitter has two years left on his contract valued at just under $17 million and is quietly regarded as a key contributor in San Antonio given how well he fits as a frontcourt sidekick next to Duncan. But if you’re the Spurs — and if the increasingly loud rumbles about Aldridge having San Antonio as the preferred destination atop his wish list prove true — examining Splitter’s trade market might suddenly become unavoidable.

 

Splitter is a very good role player, but I can’t blame the Spurs if they decided to move him to free up cap space.

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