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.
September 30, 2016 | 6:54 pm EDT Update
Rondo and Wade have tried to defuse that, even though it’s only at the words stage. “It’s important because all egos have to go out the window,” Rondo told NBA.com Monday at media day. “I wanted to play with a competitor, a warrior beside me. Based on the years I played against Jimmy, I felt like he was the best fit.”