HoopsHype Tiago Splitter rumors

May 1, 2012 Updates

Now sporting a cast on his sore left wrist, Spurs center Tiago Splitter did not participate in the team’s Monday practice. Coach Gregg Popovich is not counting on the second-year center from Brazil to be available for Game 2 of the first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz. Splitter’s injury officially is listed as a bone bruise. “They’ve got him in some sort of a cast right now,” Popovich said of Splitter. “It’s something we won’t be able to tell very honestly until Wednesday. I’d say he’d probably be doubtful.” Should Splitter be unavailable, DeJuan Blair would move into the backup position behind starting center Boris Diaw. San Antonio Express-News

April 30, 2012 Updates

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says reserve center Tiago Splitter (sprained left wrist) is wearing a cast and is doubtful for Game 2 against Utah on Wednesday night. Popovich plans to again start Boris Diaw at power forward, teaming him in the post with center Tim Duncan. Salt Lake Tribune

April 29, 2012 Updates

Spurs reserve center Tiago Splitter will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the wrist sprain he suffered early in the Spurs’ 106-91 victory over Utah in Game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs. Splitter, who left the AT&T Center after Sunday’s game, said he injured the wrist while bracing his fall after tumbling early in the first quarter. He continued to play after the fall, scoring four points with one rebound in seven minutes of first-half action, but did not rejoin the team on the bench to start the second half. San Antonio Express-News

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As a rookie last season, he made just 54.3 percent of them, converting at just better than the rate of “heads” in a coin flip. “I didn’t have a great mechanic,” Splitter said. “We tried to change it, and it wasn’t easy. You’re changing the way you shot your whole life.” After a season working with shooting coach Chip Engelland, and a lockout-prolonged offseason spent honing his touch on his own, Splitter appears to be developing into a rarity among Spurs big men — a competent foul shooter. Splitter is hitting 69 percent of his freebies heading into tonight’s game against Phoenix, having converted 20 of 29. Those numbers will never confuse him for Mark Price, but they do make him a more valuable weapon in the post. San Antonio Express-News

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The Spurs also signed T.J. Ford to back up Parker and are hopeful that players such as forward James Anderson and center Tiago Splitter can have productive years. They are also excited about the potential of 20-year-old rookie forward Kawhi Leonard. ”We’ve always had a decent number of young guys (who played),” said Popovich, who couldn’t resist a joke. “It’s just that everybody concentrates on Tim, Tony and Manu and thinks of those three guys. When Robert (Horry) played for us I think he was 44 or 45. He used to do all the hamburger commercials. But we’ve always had a few young guys.” SheridanHoops

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Splitter will earn 140,000 euros per month ($190,0000) playing with Valencia Basket, 840,000 ($1,135,000) if the NBA season is canceled and the team plays the first round of the ACB playoffs, 910,000 ($1,229,000) if the team plays the semi-finals and 980,000 (1,323,000) if they reach the Finals. lasprovincias.es

November 16, 2011 Updates

Manolo Rubia, Sports director of Unicaja Malaga, said today that the Spanish team won't sign Tiago Splitter for the current season. The cost for the Brazilian big man is too high and there still is too uncertainty around the lockout (it is not clear if the lockout will end or the entire NBA season will be cancelled). Sportando

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