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NBA Free Agency Rumor: Cavs Reportedly Interested in Luis Scola

No one exactly knows what the Houston Rockets are up to these days with their constant roster moves. Regardless, with today’s news of their upcoming amnesty move on F Luis Scola, the Cleveland Cavaliers are already linked to have some interest.

ProBasketballDraft cited a source on Twitter that both the Cavs and Dallas Mavericks have some early interest in the 32-year-old Argentine forward. Scola was slotted to make $9.4 million this coming season, as a part of the three years and $30.7 million left on his contract.

With the Cavs no longer linked to Kris Humphries in the Dwight Howard mega-trade, this is a connection that definitely makes some sense. Scola has averaged 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in his five-year NBA career, building a reputation as a dependable low-post scoring presence and rebounder. He’s not likely ever going to make an All-Star team, but he’s a solid veteran that could fit in nicely with the Cleveland frontcourt.

Per the amnesty waiver process, teams must may sealed bids to the Rockets for his services. The highest bid will pay that portion of Scola’s salary for this coming season. The official announcement on Scola’s release is expected in the coming days.

[Related: Report: Cavs discussing sign and trade of Antawn Jamison]

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  • Ritz

    That would be a nice addition. Would allow TT to come off the bench and give the Cavs a pretty decent starting 5 while adding some much needed low post scoring.

  • http://twitter.com/Dennymayo Denny

    Really excited about all of The Kinks music that’ll be played in The Gund next year, you guys.

    “He dribbled up to me and he took a shot
    I asked him his name and with his dark brown locks he said Scola
    S-c-o-l-a Scola Sco-sco-sco-sco Scola”

  • http://twitter.com/Pelderskelter Patrick Elder

    Any playing time taken away from TT is a bad thing. Signing Scola would be a precursor to trading Varejao.

  • http://twitter.com/Pelderskelter Patrick Elder

    If we sign Scola, I think it assuredly signals the departure of Andy. He’d be a great offensive option off the bench so we don’t have those terrible stretches at the end of the 1st quarter and beginning of the 2nd, and so on that we had last year with no good scoring options.

  • Dan K

    Anyone know if it is the amount of the bid or the actual salary that counts against the cap for the team that claims him? If it is just the bid amount, then this would be a GREAT pickup for the Cavs. But keeping ~$10 million on the cap for 3 years doesn’t seem to be a great move; really limits the team’s flexibility in trades/free agency

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com/ Scott @ WFNY

    Well I’m not the worlds most athletic guy/I don’t block many shots but my board totals high

    Oh my Scola….SCOLA Scooola

  • Steve

    pass him the ball, he’s in the post
    he’s the NBAer who smells the most

    SCOLA…..

  • porckchopexpress

    I met him in a swamp down in Degoba where he babbles all the time like a carbonated soda. s-o-d-a, soda. I saw the little runt sitting there on a log and in a raspy voice he said Yoda. Y-O-D-A.
    Why does Wierd Al never get the respect due as all other NE Ohioans do?

  • porckchopexpress

    Did anyone notice that Ramon Sessions could only muster a 2 year deal?
    Kris Humphries has a Q rating through the roof but can’t seem to get an offer of 3-4 years?
    Scola is a legitimatley talented big man with a not unreasonable contract and nobody offers anthing in trade so he gets amnestied? I would think these are signs that there is a turning of the tide from the days of throwing Jon Koncak money around.
    No wait. Lets keep writing stories about how our collective shadenfruede failed, Lebron got his ring, and now a couple of 40 year old ringless vets have gone chasing so the whole NBA still sucks. I’m sorry for pointing out that the real thing that was killing the NBA – teams throwing Ben Gordon sized contracts at Ben Gordon level players – seems to be rolling back. Its much more pleasurable to focus on an severly aging vet chasing a ring with a severly aging team as evidence that the league is disfunctional. I mean after 2 years of blind hatred for Lebron leaving there is no sense having a rational perspective now.
    I can’t wait for next year when a 40 year old Grant Hill signs with NJ and the entire WFNY staff officially refuses to acknowledge the existence of professional basketball due to the riggedness of it all.

  • Ritz

    Maybe, but not necessarily, as Scola and Andy have very different skill sets. And it’s notice TT couldn’t still get lots of minutes.

  • Ritz

    *not like

  • you don’t get it

    maybe cuz he’s from California

  • KMW24

    You are an idiot….

  • http://twitter.com/Dennymayo Denny

    I get it the Cavs play in an arena called “The Q” so we want players who have good “Q ratings” because that’s based on how well they play in arenas nicknamed “The Q”.

    This post has been brought to you by the letter Q.

  • jcheeto@gmail.com

    Just the amount of the bid goes against us.

  • mgbode

    yeah, I count us 1 short on the frontcourt rotation w/ Andy, TT, and Zeller. Signing Scola forces Andy to always play the ’5′, but it gives us 4 solid guys to get minutes.

  • mgbode

    yeah, there’s nothing that can ever stop guys like Nash and Ray Allen from taking less money to go ring-chasing at the end of their careers.

    but, I think most of the angst this offseason was that the Nets came really, really, really close to putting Deron, JoeJ, Gerald Wallace and Dwight Howard together on a team this offseason.

    didn’t happen, but that seemed to have more to do with Brook Lopez not being a good enough prospect than anything else.

  • mgbode

    also, it still seems possible for the Lakers to end up with Nash/Kobe/Pau & Dwight after this offseason.

  • Kekoa

    Sign Scola, Trade Andy and him at the deadline, great chips to have at our disposal. All for it, he’s a player every one wants on their team, we got the cap room.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kylebrannan Kyle Brannan

    Shut down hahah

  • KyrieSwIrving

    Dude, Scola is an older, worse version of Andy. Please god no don’t get rid of him to get Scola. Andy Boards better, scores slightly less with greater efficiency, and is a million times better at Hustle and Defense. If we are going to trade him, it better be because we can get a great player back, not because Scola somehow makes him expendable.

  • jimmyjim

    no u!

  • KyrieSwIrving

    I don’t think it was that close… And if Brook Lopez was that good they wouldn’t have been desperate for Dwight. And there is a 0% chance the lakers can sign Dwight. Their only chance at him is to get him now by trading Bynum (who will have little incentive to participate in a sign and trade to them next summer) and whatever else they have. But that also requires a sign and trade by dwight. Unlikely to happen. Besides, since when does teams making moves to try and win championships signal the doom of the NBA?

    “Oh No, small markets can’t compete” tell that garbage to OKC and San Antonio. Is it harder for them to compete? Yes, life and sports aren’t ever going to be 100% fair, and they never were. What has changed?

  • 5KMD

    Agreed, the only reason the Heat has been so successful is that Lebron is insanely talented and can play all 5 positions if needed.
    I don’t think guys like DH and Joe Johson will be as successful as they are not versatile enough. So instead of 3 superstars, teams build around guys like this will need 4 or 5 to make it happen.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I don’t think Thompson is ready to be a starter myself but Varejao to Scola would be an upgrade IMO.

  • mgbode

    Andrew Bynum is reportedly that good but the Lakers are dangling him to get Dwight. There’s alot of room between Brook Lopez and Dwight Howard.

    that said, I agree with your larger point. I was just pointing out where the majority of the angst is coming from.

  • BrownsFanSF

    And I’m not dumb but I can’t understand, why he play’s D like a woman and O like a man

    Scola… SCOLA Scooola

  • Harv 21

    even nicer. I’m jealous

  • Harv 21

    niiice counterpunch

  • BrownsFanSF

    I am so onboard with the “Kyrie SwIrving” nickname. Especially if it comes with “Swirvin’ Irvin’” on the side

  • Ken

    Can’t trade Scola for one calendar year

  • Kekoa

    Realized after the post, still no harm 3 years 10 million trade him next offseason