Does anyone know anything about this guy? It sounds like he's a serious stud in Europe right now, maybe the best center in Europe. From what I've read he could be in the NBA next season if he takes a pay cut and he might be a starter right off. Anyone have any other information on him or scouting reports?
Tiago Splitter is a 7 footer from Brazil whom I believe was drafted number one by the Spurs around 3 years ago. He is a good but not a great player. Everything I've read about him indicates he would probably be a starter in the NBA.
He's 25 years old. When he was drafted number one, Splitter said he wasn't ready for the NBA. Now that he's played in Europe several years and his contract expires in the spring, it sounds as if he thinks it may be time to move up to the NBA.
Based upon what I know of the draft salary format, the Spurs cannot come close to matching his European salary. So the big issue is whether Splitter's willing to play for less in the U.S.
Tiago Splitter didn't join the Spurs after the draft mainly because of MONEY. He was pretty much ready when he was drafted (being born 1985 and auto-eligible), but being a 28th pick in 2007, his salary would have been around 1 million USD per season on rookie scale. He decided to stay in Europe to get 3 mil + a season.
He is one of the top PF/C in the ACB known for his defense. He should be a solid role player who would hustle and play defense and should work well beside Tim Duncan.
The Spurs may try to get Splitter to the NBA next season because he no longer needs to be signed under rookie scale (the rule is that 3 years after being drafted, the rookie scale does not need to be applied).
On a side note, that's why some people suspected that Ricky Rubio may not join the NBA until 3 years later so that he can be off the rookie scale.
realgmbakax, the 3 year rule on the rookie salary scale is good information. However, that raises another question. Does a team that drafted a player lose his draft rights after they fail to sign him within x number of years?
I believe there's also going to be a new collective bargaining agreement so everything we currently know might change.
You can check this out to find out about a lot of CBA rules for NBA.
I did read something about a 7-years thing for draft right, but I just cant' seem to find that information anymore.