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Old 06-29-13, 12:22 PM
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Buyer beware — pay these five big money at your own risk

There are five players listed in the article: Al Jefferson, Monta Ellis, Jarret Jack, Andrew Bynum and Splitter. Click the link below for the remainng player evaluations.

Tiago Splitter

Restricted free agency encourages ridiculous overspending. Rival suitors have little choice but to loft high-ball offers at their targets in the hope of outpricing the incumbent teams, who have matching rights. In Splitter’s case, that means paying more than the Spurs — who know the 28-year-old center’s game better than anyone — would be willing to spend. (San Antonio can make Splitter a restricted free agent by extending him a $4.9 million qualifying offer.)

Deliberately outbidding one of the savviest organizations in the league should be a warning in itself, but Splitter’s game should also make teams wary of tossing him an eight-figure salary based on their need for a big man.

Splitter does two very valuable things quite well: execute pick-and-rolls and guard them. Both warrant playing time and compensation, but Splitter also hasn’t been tested as a high-usage player (he played a career-high 24.7 minutes per game last season) and offers inconsistent bits of offense. He’s good for the odd post-up and doesn’t waste opportunities to catch and finish, but Splitter isn’t a big man who goes to great lengths to make himself available or assume a dominant role in the offense. He floats into open spaces and capitalizes. That’s useful, but it isn’t characteristically rewarded with the kind of contract that might be necessary to pull Splitter out of San Antonio.

Making an offer too rich for the Spurs to match would basically necessitate paying Splitter at a near-star clip, which could ultimately be counterproductive to a team still in need of later additions. If Splitter is the final piece of a championship formula, then adding his salary on top of the pile could make little difference. But problems could arise if his overpayment stands in the way of adding players necessary to account for his limitations. Defense-first big men are often maligned for this very reason, and one could easily see Splitter’s becoming a scapegoat for a second- or third-tier team’s bumping up against the cap or tax line without much potential to realistically contend for a title.

Link: NBA free agency: Five players who could get overpaid | The Point Forward - SI.com
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Old 06-29-13, 04:56 PM
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what about mike dunleavy in place of blair?

NBA free agency: Potential bargains | The Point Forward - SI.comNBA free agency: Potential bargains | The Point Forward - SI.com
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Old 06-29-13, 07:12 PM
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This article doesn't speak very well of Al Jefferson either, whom some on Spurs report seem to think we should go after.
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