International players in general seem to have different values with the locals. They came here to play basketball, and they play to win. They’re not about the brand and the fanfare. When was the last time we had an international player have a “The Decision” like circus or the current hoopla with Dwight Howard? Dirk never had that, neither did Tim (technically international) or any of his Spurs mates. Not even Pau Gasol (he’s a prime victim of the Howard hoopla). No surprise here, that Splitter, while attracting considerable interest, elects to stay with Pop.
The San Antonio Spurs have reached an agreement in principle to re-sign power forwardTiago Splitter, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that other teams chasing the restricted free agent dropped out of contention Tuesday as it became apparent that Splitter and the Spurs had essentially agreed to terms on a new deal.
ESPN.com first reported the agreement. Yahoo! Sports reported that Splitter will receive a four-year, $36 million contract.
The contract can’t officially be signed until July 10, when the league’s annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted, but Splitter has verbally agreed to stay in San Antonio, sources said.