Originally Posted by PMatic
It has been widely assumed in league circles that the Spurs would be forced to try to trade veteran forward Tiago Splitter to help create the needed salary-cap flexibility to handle the max deals San Antonio has earmarked for Leonard (and the likes of Aldridge or Memphis' Marc Gasol) and still have room to accommodate Duncan and Ginobili at reduced salaries, if the latter two choose to play on. But sources told ESPN.com that the Spurs actually rebuffed trade interest from teams hoping to pry Splitter away in conjunction with Thursday's NBA draft, raising the possibility that Splitter might stick around.
The futures are less clear for Spurs sharpshooters Danny Green and Marco Belinelli, two unrestricted free agents who played pivotal roles off the bench in helping San Antonio make back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals in 2013 and 2014 -- and win it all in '14 in a second consecutive Finals showdown with the Miami Heat.
Damn. Well, I had no idea DeAndre would actually meet with us, I find that very intriguing. I was under the impression he hates our guts. To get a sit down, and be able to max him out, and have our young guys develop around him, with our Center lineage, that could be nice for him. Hope Mitch can make somethin like that happen.
DeAndre, LMA, Tobias, are the 3 I have most interest in. (Best actual fits, and actual chance to land)
Love, Marc Gasol, Jimmy Butler the next tier. (Possible, but unlikely)
RoLo, Hibbert, Danny Green, Asik. (Backup options)
And if we could somehow manage to find a way to keep Ed Davis in the mix, that would please me. (Odds wise, this is probably tier 2 slot)