NBA Rumors: Which Lucky Team Will Steal Luis Scola Off the Waiver Wire?
All that we know at this point is that it's certainly risky.
Whatever good it winds up doing the Rockets, it will most certainly help out another team. The 32-year-old still has a smooth mid-range game and a solid frame to body up against other big men.
He may not be especially explosive or much of a high-impact defender, but that doesn't mean he can't help a team in need of a skilled veteran.
Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer includes the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs among the teams that would be good fits for Scola–as well he should. In fact, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Dallas in particular will make a push for him:
The Mavericks will be aggressive bidders for Scola on the amnesty wire, league sources said. Dallas is serious about Elton Brand too.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2012
The Mavs need a little bit of everything at this point, and the Spurs have long been in search of an upgraded post presence.
Scola's ability to pick-and-pop would likewise serve both clubs well given their penchants for running the play.
Of course, there are any number of playoff teams who could use those kind of services. The Chicago Bulls may prefer a cheaper alternative to Carlos Boozer, and Scola would would perhaps empower them to make use of their own amnesty and send Boozer packing.
He's probably better suited for a team firmly entrenched in the playoff picture, but borderline clubs could view him as the kind of piece that gets them over the hump.
And, he very well might.
Though his production last season trailed the career-high 18.3 points he notched a year earlier, there's little doubt this guy can still play. His soft touch is makes him adept as scoring in a variety of ways and doing so efficiently.
This year was the first of his five NBA seasons in which he shot the ball at a rate of under 50 percent–and it was 49 percent this time.
Not exactly a steep decline.
If you're a team in the market for a power forward, the question isn't really how the Scola of today compares to his best season. It's how he compares to other available power forwards.
Put in that perspective the Argentinian fairs quite well, so well in fact that he'll likely be picked up off of waivers before he even has a chance to hit the open market. A team with cap room or a full mid-level exception would be in the best position to make a bid that is both competitive and reasonable–no more than $5 million a season.
After all, Scola will still get the money originally owed to him by Houston. He doesn't need a huge pay day.
If Dallas and San Antonio don't make a run, don't be surprised to see Scola go to a rebuilding team with ambitions of grandeur. If that's not the Suns or Hornets, it could be the Toronto Raptors or Cleveland Cavaliers.
It's hard to find many organizations without at least some interest in a big forward who can shoot the ball.
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