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.
November 30, 2015 | 7:12 pm EST Update
Sam Smith: Popovich on Jimmy Butler: “He’s been on the same trajectory as Kawhi Leonard; they get better every year and play both ends of the court. You can look at teams and start counting how many players play at both ends at a high level. There are not that many.”