After a little bit of uncertainty, it appears Tiago Splitter will return to the San Antonio Spurs. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Spurs and Splitter have agreed to a 4 year, $36 million deal. Wojnarowski added that the possibility of other teams, specifically Portland, offering Splitter a lucrative offer sheet sped up negotiations between the two sides.
Portland had strongly considered signing Splitter to an offer sheet near the $9 million salary that Spurs paid, but Splitter's representatives and San Antonio worked out most of the details of an agreement on Monday night and into Tuesday, sources said.
Wojnarowski initially sent Twitter into a frenzy when he reported the deal was for five years and $45 million, which would've meant signing until he was 33 years old. But a term of four years feels better. It certainly makes his deal more appealing to any teams the Spurs might look to trade with in the future, once Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and possibly Tony Parker ride off into the sunset in a couple of years.
Splitter averaged 10.5 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Spurs last season, his third season with the team. He and Duncan were one of the best defensive front court duos in the league this season, helping make the Spurs a top three team in defensive efficiency.
Wojnarowski also wrote the Spurs will now turn to completing deals with Manu Ginobili and Gary Neal. Assuming the first year of Splitter's contract is for $9 million, this leaves the Spurs with roughly $8 million in cap space to fill out the rest of the roster.