Luis Scola has been reduced to a role player at this stage of his NBA career, and while he appeared in all 82 regular season games for the Pacers last season, his averages of 7.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17.1 minutes off the bench are replaceable, especially for an Indiana team that’s going to struggle to make the playoffs after losing its two best offensive players in Lance Stephenson (free agency) and Paul George (injury).
In international play, however, Scola is much more impactful. He’s been a monster thus far for Argentina during the FIBA World Cup, averaging 23 points on 61 percent shooting, to go along with 8.3 rebounds in just under 34 minutes per contest.
Scola’s play has gotten him noticed, and Real Madrid is reportedly interested in acquiring his services. But he’s under contract with the Pacers for next season, and at the moment, that’s where Scola plans to play.
From David Alarcon of HoopsHype:
Reports out of Spain yesterday suggested Euroleague powerhouse Real Madrid was very interested in acquiring Argentinian forward Luis Scola. Earlier in the day, though, Scola told HoopsHype he had no plans to go anywhere.
“I have a contract with the Pacers and I will continue there,” Scola said. “We’ll see what happens next year.”
Scola’s deal for the upcoming season is for $4,868,499, but is only partially guaranteed for $940,946 according to Sham Sports,
The Pacers waiving or trading Scola seems more likely than him choosing to bolt the NBA to play overseas next season. But it appears as though he’ll have offers there once things dry up for him in the states.
Minnesota is going to be entertaining to watch this season. A healthy Ricky Rubio (hopefully) dishing at the point, Karl-Anthony Towns is already a high-IQ passer, and bench players such as Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne have shown some skills.
Then there’s Andrew Wiggins. The reigning Rookie of the Year developed quickly last season — particularly his jump shot — and he should make a big leap this season. He’s going to dunk on people and end up in a lot of highlight packages while putting up a lot of points.
Enough to set the Minnesota Timberwolves single game scoring record, currently held at 52 by Mo Williams? That’s the question for this PBT Extra with Jenna Corrado.
The Bulls have said Derrick Rose is about a week away from returning after suffering a facial fracture this preseason.
The start of the NBA season is two weeks from today (Oct. 27).
So Rose will be ready to go when the Bulls start their season that first night against Cleveland, right? Don’t bet on it, says Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com, quoting coach Fred Hoiberg.
The opening night projection for a Derrick Rose return is a bit murky at this point, as the Bulls are taking a cautious approach to his recovery with Fred Hoiberg essentially ruling him out for the rest of the preseason.
“Most likely (out for the preseason),” Hoiberg said….
In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rose sit out the first handful of games, as the Bulls start the season with a three-game in four-night stretch starting Oct. 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which is in two weeks.
“That will be in consideration, sure,” Hoiberg said. “We gotta make sure, he really hasn’t done anything and that will be a good two or three weeks where he has total inactivity, so just to throw him back out there going 100 percent with his speed and everything, you just don’t want to take any risks, chances, where it could be a lingering issue.”
Just what TNT and the NBA hoped for with an opening night Bulls vs. Cavaliers showcase: Kirk Hinrich vs. Mo Williams. (Don’t forget Kyrie Irving will miss the start of the season recovering from his knee surgery.)
Of course, this is the smart play for the Bulls who need to be thinking about getting Rose fully healthy and focusing on what condition he will be come April 27, not Oct. 27.
And of course, a lot of Bulls fans who are down on Rose will slam him for this. Even though the injury was a freak accident and the team is right to be patient.
Rose could play opening night, if he gets back to practice next week and can get closer to basketball shape. But I wouldn’t bet on it.