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Cavaliers could make an amnesty bid on Luis Scola

Jul 14, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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ESPN reports that the Cavaliers are considering making an amnesty bid on Luis Scola. The minimum bid on Scola’s $21 million remaining is $3 million the first season and a $10 million total. The Mavericks are also interested, despite picking up Elton Brand off the wire.

The idea of the Cavs picking up Scola is very interesting. They have Anderson Varejao, and the idea has been floated that if the Cavaliers got Scola, they’d trade Varejao. The complicating factor here is Tristan Thompson. Some in the Cavs organization think that Thompson can float at the five. Scola would be a poor fit at the four. They could also throw out Tyler Zeller if they needed to. But trying to slide Scola into Varejao’s spot would cause issues as Scola’s rebounding abilities deteriorate with age.

It’s definitely worth the money, though, with the Cavaliers need for veterans to bring the young team to the next step and losing Antawn Jamison in free agency. The Mavericks have roughly $4 million left in cap space after acquiring Elton Brand. That might be enough, but if the Cavs come in with an offer over $4, they can nab him, unless someone else gets itchy. Scola’s likely to be the top amnesty prospect since the process was implemented in last December’s CBA.

In the off chance that Scola slips through the cracks of the wire and becomes a free agent, a virtual impossibility, the Spurs and Heat would both be interested in adding him. Scola was actually drafted by the Spurs, one of the few times they let a talented foreign player slip from their grasp.

(Basically, if there is a veteran free agent who can still walk without prosthetics, the Heat are interested, just a heads up.)

  1. ljl2 - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I don’t think you would find any Cavs fan who considers Jamison leaving a loss. Great, he scored 17ppg, but he didn’t stop anyone from scoring (his own guy or anyone who got into the lane).

  2. allmyteamsareterrible - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    There is really no negative aspect to this. This would be a good move for the Cavs.

    • seanbo55 - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Ya its the best move he can make… kinda like this

  3. credible316 - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    He would make a great door mat at Kevin Loves house!

  4. patfic15 - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Why they never traded Varejo is beyond me.

    • ljl2 - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      because no one has offered close to equal value?

  5. dmaq1 - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    i can’t believe that more teams aren’t trying to bid for Scola.

    if I was Brooklyn, I stop signing Hump and put a bid on Scola.. cheaper, better player.

  6. southpaw77 - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    The Cavs need all the talent they can get.

    After watching Harrison Barnes and Tyshon Taylor light up the summer league they better hope Waiters and Zeller are the real deal cause they passed on having both plus Ezelli and Barton and for a team that’s devoid of talent they coulda used 4 solid players, not trash like Sloan, Kennedy, Samuels, Harangody and the other stiffs surrounding Irving.

    How many years do they plan on wasting before Kyrie gets fed up and walks.

  7. zzr600guy - Jul 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Scola would be a nice veteran addition to the cavs front court. He could help replace Jamisons scoring and he is a better rebounder. Get it done Grant.

  8. atahualpaoxford - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    He will be in the Olimpics with Argentina. Didn’t have the greatest camp, but, it’s the last shot for the “Golden Generation”…Manu and about 3 other starters are done for the national team after this. They would want to go out with a bang.
    Will see how he does in London.Scola and Delfino will be the veteran stars for Argentina after the OG.

  9. minnesotablizzard - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Well Minnesota makes the most since. Kahn just cleared a bunch of cap space, we need veteran back up big man to come in behind K Love and Pek and he knows adelmans system.

    • minnesotablizzard - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM


  10. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Speaking of unprovoked, gratuitous, ridiculous, and ultimately false jabs at the Miami Heat; has anyone heard from Tampajoey lately?

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