In order to rope in several other free agents, especially LaMarcus Aldridge, the San Antonio Spurs have shopped center Tiago Splitter to Atlanta Hawks, according to Yahoo. The deal is expected to free $8.5 million cap space putting them in a position to place lucrative offer to free agents. The Spurs are planning to meet Aldridge on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
The Hawks are still working out details of the deal, but are expected to absorb Splitter in their cap space, according to sources. Even with the acquisition of Splitter, Atlanta still have $18 million cap space, which allowed them to re-sign free agent Paul Millsap. Orlando Magic, too, placed an offer of equal amount to Millsap, but the All-star forward chose to accept the former’s deal because it provided a player option.
Splitter is mainly a defensive specialist who averaged 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds last season, has two years worth $17 million left in his contract. But as part of the trade he will receive $2.5 million trade-kicker which will be added to his salary. He’s a talented two-way player that fits into Hawks’ system. The move will reunite him with Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, who is a former assistant coach of the Spurs.
DeMarre Carroll left the Hawks after agreeing to a deal with the Toronto Raptors.