Phoenix picks up Luis Scola officially ending pipe dream
Oct 21, 2010; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter (left) talks with Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola (4) during a pre-season game at the AT
As fun as envisioning Luis Scola in a Spurs uniform was, the fact of the matter was this: It was a long shot. Unless teams with cap space forgoed a chance at an above-average power forward with a solid offensive game, it wasn’t going to happen.
For example: Scola is an effective post threat; he scored 0.82 points per possession on post-ups last season.
While Scola’s suitors have to pay his salary for three years, including upwards of $10 million for the next three seasons, the odds of him tip-toeing past the 48 amnesty waiver process remained unlikely.
The Spurs signing Scola hinged on the notion that every team with cap space passed on offering the minimum bid ($3 million). If that were to happen, it wouldn’t be implausible for him to join the Spurs considering his rapport with Manu Ginobili. Another interesting tidbit: Scola is the godfather to Tiago Splitter’s son.
Pipe dreams are nice but the NBA doesn’t operate under the presumption that Spurs fans must be happy at all times. Losing out on Scola, as frustrating as it is, won’t deter the Spurs from winning 50 games and making another deep playoff run this season.
But sheesh. Why can’t we be rewarded with the beautiful sight of Scola donning the Silver and Black?