San Antonio Spurs will reportedly re-sign Tiago Splitter on a four-year deal worth at least $36 million as they strive to recruit a long-term replacement to veteran power forward Tim Duncan.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that the 28-year-old will receive a lucrative contract from the Spurs, although there is no current option to extend the deal into a fifth year.
Splitter played 81 games, of which 58 were starts, for the Spurs during the 2012-13 season while he averaged 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds during an average of 24.7 minutes of action.
The 28-year-old Brazilian actually saw his game time decrease during the playoffs, but the Spurs have shown faith in Splitter with the relatively surprising offer of a $9 million-per-season deal.
Splitter is viewed as a potential successor to Duncan, who will be 38 by the time of the 2014 NBA playoffs, with the experienced Spurs star tipped to end his career when the season finishes.