HoopsHype Tiago Splitter rumors

July 8, 2013 Updates

Brazil will have plenty of talent and experience when they compete at the FIBA Americas Championship this summer in Caracas. For the first time in a very long time, however, veteran center Tiago Splitter will not be with the team. The San Antonio Spurs star, who made his Olympic debut last summer and helped the national side reach the Quarter-Finals, has sent a letter to Brazil Basketball Confederation President Carlos Nunes and Secretary General Edio Jose Alves explaining the need to withdraw from this year's group. FIBA Americas

Splitter cites a "physical recovery program" he has to undertake after a grueling campaign that ended last month with a Game 7 defeat to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The 2.11m pivot, who is expected to sign a new four-year deal worth $36million with the Spurs, says he also must concentrate on contract negotiations. Splitter finished his letter by saying: "I make myself available for future call-ups." FIBA Americas

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San Antonio Spurs restricted free-agent center Tiago Splitter could command an offer sheet that averages $8.5 million to $9 million annually, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to be a suitor for Splitter, league sources said. The Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks have salary-cap space, a need for a young center and general managers – Dennis Lindsey and Danny Ferry, respectively – who were Spurs front-office executives when Splitter came into the organization. Yahoo! Sports

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“That’s because they’re having an election,” the former MVP of the Spanish ACB League said before Monday’s Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Grizzlies. Splitter explained that the clubs that own the teams in the Spanish League elect officials every four years, a process that always brings campaign promises. “Every guy who runs for club president promises to bring in this guy or that guy so they can get elected,” he said. San Antonio Express-News

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