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  1. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    Spurs finally get their man.



    SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs have signed Tiago Splitter, three years after drafting the heralded big man from Spain.

    The 6-foot-11 center has played in the Spanish League since being picked 28th overall by the Spurs in 2007. Bringing Splitter aboard was the main offseason target for San Antonio despite a loaded free agent market.

    Terms of the deal were not immediately available Monday.

    Splitter was the MVP of the Spanish League last season. The 25-year-old from Brazil is expected to immediately give depth alongside Tim Duncan in the frontcourt.
  2. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    The Spurs need more than that. They will be competitive as usual, but they don't have enough to win another title right now.
  3. dropshot001

    dropshot001 New Member

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    the spurs are aging and i don't think that he is going to provide the much needed spark to get them back on track
  4. MarionBarberThe4th

    MarionBarberThe4th Well-Known Member

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    Ive been hearing about this guy for 5 years now. He better not dissappoint
  5. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    Any word on that Jazz player the Spurs reportedly want to talk to?
  6. MarionBarberThe4th

    MarionBarberThe4th Well-Known Member

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  7. Bob Sacamano

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  8. MarionBarberThe4th

    MarionBarberThe4th Well-Known Member

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    By not being a band wagon jumper and knowing his name?
  9. Bob Sacamano

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    I've been a Spurs fan since the mid-90s because of the Admiral. Although my interest in them and NBA basketball in general has waned significantly.

    BTW The Spurs aren't that bad off. They might have a pretty formidable front-court with DeJaun Blair, Splitter and Duncan. Parker is relatively young, and Manu isn't slowing down any.

    Just need better depth.
  10. MarionBarberThe4th

    MarionBarberThe4th Well-Known Member

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    FWIW

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    One GM calls Spurs deal for 7-footer Splitter, "The best contract of the summer."



    Like I said, hes been hyped up for years. He might be the real deal
  11. Bob Sacamano

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    Being MVP of a Euro League isn't bad.
  12. casmith07

    casmith07 #TeamJerry

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    The Spurs always make good moves.
  13. Bob Sacamano

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    more...

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5374375&campaign=rss&source=NBAHeadlines
    SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs didn't shop the blockbuster free-agent market for their big summer addition.

    Instead, they finally cashed in on their 2007 draft.

    The Spurs signed Spain center Tiago Splitter on Monday, three years after San Antonio picked the heralded 6-foot-11 Brazilian star whose expectations will likely be as high as any Spurs newcomer in recent years.

    "We're very fortunate to be adding one of the best players not playing in the NBA," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said before introducing Splitter.

    But Buford also sought to make Splitter's impact realistic.

    The 25-year-old was MVP of both the Spanish League regular season and finals while leading Caja Laboral Vitoria to a second championship, averaging 15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds. He has widely been regarded as one of Europe's best big men.

    But the 235-pound Splitter still has room to grow physically. And in a franchise built by David Robinson and Tim Duncan, the bar for big men in San Antonio is high as anywhere in the NBA.

    "We've been fortunate to have two pretty good bigs through here the last 20 years," Buford said. "I'm hoping that people will let him become his own player as opposed to have the expectations of our previous centers."

    The Spurs, though, are counting on Splitter to contribute right away. San Antonio let go one disappointing big man this summer in Ian Mahinmi, the 6-11 center from France who struggled to develop after the Spurs made him a late first-round pick in 2005.

    Splitter, the 28th overall pick in 2007, idolized Duncan growing up. He said he wasn't ready to play in the NBA until now.

    Splitter -- who wore No. 21 in Europe because of Duncan -- characterized his game as running the floor quickly for a player of his size. He also said he likes to play the pick-and-roll offense run by the Spurs.

    "I really decided that I wanted to come here," Splitter said. "I stayed more time in Europe to improve my game a lot. It was the right time at the right moment."

    Finally bringing Splitter aboard was an offseason target for the Spurs after being swept by Phoenix in the Western Conference semifinals. San Antonio hasn't drastically changed its roster since, apart from swingman Richard Jefferson opting out of his deal for free agency.

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Splitter didn't appear lured by an immediate NBA payday. The most the Spurs could offer Splitter this season was their midlevel exception, around $5.8 million, whereas his Spanish club could have offered him more.

    "If I stayed in Spain I could have made more money," Splitter said. "But this is my moment."
  14. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Yup .....
  15. SLATEmosphere

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    Lots of hype for this guy. Knowing the Spurs he'll be a perenial 20 and 10 player.

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