The Luis Scola sweepstake is now over. It was confirmed that the Cleveland Cavaliers did indeed put a bid on the former Houston Rockets power forward, but they lost out to the three-year, $13.5 million deal the Phoenix Suns offered him. The Rockets put Scola on the amnesty wire most likely to clear up cap space for a blockbuster deal involving Dwight Howard. The Suns got a very good offensive tool in Scola.
The Cavaliers, who might have had to part ways with power forward Anderson Varejao if they won the bid, obviously did not win the bid, but were said to have placed a bid on Sunday before the 5 p.m. deadline.
The Dallas Mavericks were another team said to have placed a bid on Scola as well. The five-year veteran is 32 years old, making him three years older than Varejao who is an eight-year veteran. I don’t think it’s time for the Cavaliers to split with Andy yet, but they put an affordable bid on Scola that would’ve moved Varejao to center and put the offensive machine at the four.
Scola averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting at a 49.1 percent clip. The Cavaliers need to beef up on defense, so getting Scola would not have helped a whole lot in achieving that goal. He could’ve been a great asset and other offensive weapon for Kyrie Irving to work with, but the Cavaliers still have time to make a move if they feel the time and price is right.
The Suns and Cavaliers are both teams that are trying to build in opposite directions with their respected franchises. Cleveland had to start over ever since their hometown star LeBron James left for South Beach and Phoenix just recently saw their All-Star point guard leave for Hollywood. Obviously these teams are going to be involved in any bid for a high-profile offensive weapon. Scola just didn’t go for the price range the Cavaliers front office thought he should. My guess is that they put a bid on him a little over $10 million.
Scola will play for Argentina in London for the Olympic games.