Scola generated 14 points (5-5 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds (five offensive), two assists and one steal across 18 minutes in Saturday's 110-108 loss to the Bucks. The Nets had more minutes available in the frontcourt with Brook Lopez sitting out for rest, and Scola was able to take advantage by nearly coming away with a double-double. The veteran has given the Nets some productive play off the bench in the early going, but with Lopez entrenched as the starting center and Trevor Booker thriving as the starting power forward, Scola hasn't really been able to make a push for a promotion.
Scola recorded 14 points (5-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds and five assists across 28 minutes in Thursday's 100-97 preseason loss to the Celtics. Scola has tallied double-digit scoring efforts in all three of his preseason appearances, but it doesn't seem to have given him any momentum in the job battle at power forward. Trevor Booker has started all four of the Nets' exhibition contests at that position and delivered his best game Thursday night, recording a double-double of his own with 11 points and 12 boards. Scola looks like he'll open the season as Booker's primary backup, but both players could see the minutes at the power forward distributed relatively evenly between them.
Scola submitted 12 points (3-10 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six rebounds, three assists and two steals across 23 minutes in Tuesday's 121-100 preseason loss to the Heat. Scola's strong mark from the free-throw line salvaged an otherwise ugly shooting night, but he still managed to outperform starting power forward Trevor Booker (four points, eight rebounds) in the same amount of playing time. With three starts in three preseason games, Booker looks like the favorite to open the season with the top unit, but Scola offers a floor-stretching change-of-pace option for coach Kenny Atkinson to lean on. It wouldn't be surprisingly if the two big men ended up roughly splitting the minutes at the position in most games.
Scola (coach's decision) won't play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Knicks, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports. Scola won't be deployed as the 36-year-old veteran takes a day of rest. Trevor Booker figures to start at power forward per usual, while Chris McCullough could see additional minutes as well.
Scola agreed to a one-year deal with the Nets on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reports. Scola, now 36-years-old, has found a new home after a 2015-16 campaign with the Raptors in which he averaged 8.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 22 minutes per game through 76 games. Despite his age, the veteran has been able to stay healthy for the most part, appearing in at least 76 games throughout the past four seasons dating back to 2012. Although he was a starter in Toronto, Brooklyn's frontcourt features the likes of Brook Lopez, Trevor Booker, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. This may call for Scola's role to be slightly reduced as he enters his 10th season in the league.
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