Tiago Splitter available?

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.

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Harrison Barnes out a few weeks?

Golden State Warriors head coach Luke Walton said today at the pregame press conference before the Warriors face the Sacramento Kings that Harrison Barnes, who sprained his left ankle in last night’s game at the Phoenix Suns, could be out on the order of weeks. “He’s being evaluated today. We haven’t gotten the results back yet,” Walton told reporters. “It’s all speculation. It could be a few weeks. It could be a week,” Walton added. “We’re not going to rush him back because we want to be healthy for later in the season and we don’t want lingering injures, so we’ll have him take his time.”

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