HoopsHype Tiago Splitter rumors

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Though they won’t play a minute, injured Spurs starters Tiago Splitter, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard are with the team on the three-game road trip that is to begin Friday night against the Hawks in Atlanta because coach Gregg Popovich wants to use the trip — and the upcoming rodeo road trip — to build team chemistry. “It’s both to get therapy — I want Will (head athletic trainer Will Sevening) to be there for their therapy and other stuff — and sure, they could have done that back in San Antonio with physical theapists — but it’s also good for the chemistry for them to be with us on these road trips.” Popovich also has used the rodeo trip to build what he calls a “bunker mentality” among his players, coaches and staff so the injured players will make that long sojourn, as well. San Antonio Express-News

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Under certain rules, if a player re-signed with his team this past summer while receiving a raise of at least 20 percent — and the team is over the cap — the player cannot be traded until January 15, 2014. Eight players meet that criteria: Tony Allen — Memphis Grizzlies; Chase Budinger — Minnesota Timberwolves; Cartier Martin — Atlanta Hawks; Timofey Mozgov — Denver Nuggets; Nikola Pekovic — Minnesota Timberwolves; J.R. Smith — New York Knicks; Tiago Splitter — San Antonio Spurs; Brandan Wright — Dallas Mavericks. HoopsWorld

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An NBA official told AFP that the teams could not wait long because they had planned to return to the United States late on Wednesday after the game. “What happened today is a real shame. I’m really sorry for all the fans,” Spurs centre Tiago Splitter of Brazil wrote on Twitter. “We were excited to play this game. Big hugs.” Gulf News

November 27, 2013 Updates
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Spurs center Tiago Splitter is listed as probable for Wednesday’s road game at Oklahoma City with a mild right ankle sprain, the team announced Tuesday. Splitter tweaked the ankle in the first half of Monday’s 112-93 victory over New Orleans. He was on pace for perhaps his best game of the season, recording 11 points and six rebounds in 13 minutes while being matched up primarily with young Pelicans star Anthony Davis. San Antonio Express-News

October 29, 2013 Updates

From the earliest days of the fabled Zarko Paspalj era in the late 1980s, the Spurs have been at the forefront of international scouting. No surprise, then, that they once again have the most players born outside the continental United States, breaking their own NBA record with 10: Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tony Parker (France, by way of Belgium), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Boris Diaw (France), Marco Belinelli (Italy), Nando De Colo (France), Patty Mills (Australia), Cory Joseph (Canada), Aron Baynes (Australia, by way of New Zealand). San Antonio Express-News

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It’s HEB commercial day once again at the Spurs facility, where a film crew of almost 40 people have descended to produce another batch of the popular spots. It’s not high art, to be sure. But as far as local commercials go, it might as well be — especially when compared to Tiago Splitter’s car spots. Interest is high with the involvement of Kawhi Leonard, whose deadpan potential is off the charts. San Antonio Express-News

September 6, 2013 Updates

Tiago Splitter: Wanted to send a big hug to all fellow Brazilian teammates! I know you gave everything on the court! You are very great players with a lot of experience in major championships on the planet. For one reason or another it did not work out. Some spoke that it was the fault of the players who were not with the team. With respect to myself, it's really hard to understand after 13 years representing my country! I remember when I was not at my best and fully committed, I was criticized for playing below what I could. I remember when my son was born I went straight to training and spent the first 2 months away from family...I remember when my sister was living the last days of her life, there I was representing my country! ProjectSpurs.com

Tiago Splitter: We always won together and lost together mostly. There were many victories and many painful defeats. Defeat is where we know best and never any of us pointed the finger at each other, instead we supported each other more. I know exactly how they are feeling my fellow selection after spending more than 50 days away from the family, in regime concentration training. You will always have my support and solidarity that I always have of all of them. In a few months we will all be together again. Now is the time to reflect and think about a better future. My selection was always based on respect, honesty, commitment and courage. Only the total lack of knowledge could generate these statements displaced from reality. ProjectSpurs.com

August 31, 2013 Updates

Puerto Rico drew Brazil for their first game of the tournament, making it a matchup of the top two teams in the tournament and a likely preview of the eventual championship game. The game lived up to its billing, too, considering the score was 62-61 with 2:28 left in the game before Renaldo Balkman rattled off five straight points to help his country score an eventual 72-65 victory. Balkman, the Knicks’ first-round pick in 2006, scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots while playing 37 of the game’s 40 minutes — and he didn’t even choke a teammate in the process. Former Boston University standout John Holland added 15 points and nine rebounds while Minnesota Timberwolves dynamo J.J. Barea struggled to 12 points on 11 shot attempts, committing four turnovers in the process. Other notables on the Puerto Rican squad include Carlos Arroyo (7 points, 2-of-9 shooting), Ricky Sanchez (four points, four rebounds and four fouls) and former USC star — and current 36-year-old chucker — Larry Ayuso (two points, four fouls, five shots). The only NBA player on the Brazil roster is Utah Jazz draft pick Raul Neto because Nene, Tiago Splitter, Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao all decided to sit this tournament out. NBCSports.com

July 21, 2013 Updates

Splitter acknowledges he thought about signing an offer sheet that might have resulted in playing for another team. The Hawks and Trail Blazers talked to his agent about proffering offers. Prepared for a long summer of free agency intrigue, he was happily surprised when a deal that kept him in San Antonio shaped up quickly. “My agent told me it was going to be a long summer for me,” he said. “But the Spurs made an offer that I liked and is great for me and my family. I couldn't say no. I want to stay here, and I had that in my hands, so it's great for me.” San Antonio Express-News

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