Every NBA roster needs veterans who understand how the game is played and how the league works. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Brooklyn Nets are signing Luis Scola to a one-year contract. The former Toronto Raptors star is more than likely being brought in to provide depth in the front court.
Financial terms of the deal have yet to be released, but the belief is that Luis Scola is receiving more than the veteran minimum. Otherwise, he would not leave an NBA Playoffs team like the Toronto Raptors to join a rebuilding team like the Brooklyn Nets. Giving up a chance to compete usually requires a little bit of money.
At 36 years of age, Luis Scola is bringing a lot of much-needed experience to the Brooklyn Nets roster. In addition to all of the seasons that he has played in the NBA, Scola also brings a wealth of knowledge that he acquired while playing internationally.
According to CBS Sports, Luis Scola was able to earn playing time last season with the Toronto Raptors because of his work ethics and commitment to playing defense. The 6-foot-9 power forward has already proven that he can put up points when called upon for that task.
Sean Marks is the new general manager of the Brooklyn Nets. He spent a good amount of time with the San Antonio Spurs organization, both as a player and as an executive. Marks’ familiarity with Luis Scola more than likely played a key part in luring the veteran big man to the Nets.
Since they’re both veterans, Luis Scola should be able to develop some chemistry with Brook Lopez. Scola can stretch the floor a little bit because he has a solid mid-range shot, which will enable Lopez to be a traditional low post scoring center.
There’s a very good chance that Luis Scola might end up starting at power forward next season. According to CBS Sports, the Brooklyn Nets signed Trevor Booker to a two-year contract worth approximately $18 million. It would not be impossible for Scola to beat out Booker for playing time.
The reason why the Brooklyn Nets have a void at the power forward position is because they traded away Thaddeus Young to the Indiana Pacers, a team that is desperately trying to reload their roster so that they can be more competitive in the NBA Playoffs.
In exchange for giving up their starting power forward, the Brooklyn Nets received the 20th overall selection in the NBA Draft. With it, they acquired Caris LeVert, a 6-foot-6 guard from the University of Michigan. He’s expected to compete with Bojan Bogdanovic for the starting shooting guard job.
According to ESPN, the Brooklyn Nets signed Jeremy Lin to a three-year contract worth approximately $36 million. There’s a very good chance that the coaching staff runs some pick and roll sets for Lin and Luis Scola, whose mid-range shooting should enable Lin to have more freedom to drive to the basket.
Kenny Atkinson is the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. He has been tasked with building a winning team out of scrap players. That will not be an easy thing to accomplish. Fortunately, though, Atkinson will have a veteran like Luis Scola, who can help out on the floor, on the bench, and in the locker room.
Luis Scola isn’t going to change the landscape in the Eastern Conference. The Brooklyn Nets aren’t going to be challenging LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers anytime soon. However, Scola will make a different for the Nets as a veteran who can help other players grow.
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