Scola agreed to a contract Friday with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, Asia-Basket.com reports.
After attracting limited interest from NBA teams when he became a free agent in February 2017, Scola remained on the open market for a little over three months before reaching a deal with the CBA's Shanxi Brave Dragons. The big man notched 27.8 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in his first season in China and apparently enjoyed the experience enough to remain overseas for another year. Now that he's 38 years old and will be more than two seasons removed from his last NBA action once his contract expires, it seems likely that Scola's playing days in North America are over.
Scola signed a contract Sunday to play with Shanxi in China, Sportando reports.
Scola has spent the last 10 years of his career in the NBA on five different teams, and he was most recently released by the Nets in February. The Argentinean will now make the transfer overseas to China, where he'll look for an opportunity to have more playing time and production and 37 years old.
Scola was waived by the Nets on Monday.
Scola has been on the outside of the Nets' rotation for much fo the season, as the team shifted its focus to developing younger options in the frontcourt almost right from the beginning. At 36 years old, Scola is reaching the tail end of his NBA career but could still provide veteran leadership for a team willing to use a roster spot on the big man. No matter where he lands, however, don't expect Scola to see meaningful playing time.
Scola (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 95-90 loss to the Knicks on Wednesday.
With the Nets now at 9-40 on the season, coach Kenny Atkinson seems inclined to turn the frontcourt minutes over to his younger options, which was evident in Atkinson's decision to bench the 29-year-old Trevor Booker for the first time all season in favor of the 22-year-old Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. It appears that Scola, 36, finds himself even further down in the pecking order in the frontcourt, with Brook Lopez, Hollis-Jefferson, Booker, Justin Hamilton and Quincy Acy all seemingly ahead of him on the depth chart. That means that Scola won't be included in the rotation most nights, even in some games where the Nets are on the wrong end of a blowout.
Scola (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 104-95 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday.
Trevor Booker's return from a one-game absence due to a hip contusion left no room in the rotation for Scola, who had previously logged 16 minutes in a loss to the Hawks on Tuesday. When the Nets are at full health in the frontcourt, Scola doesn't figure to see the floor, even in most blowouts. The 36-year-old has appeared in only two of the Nets' last nine games.
Scola will return to the bench for Thursday's game against the Warriors.
Scola received the spot start Tuesday with Brook Lopez sitting out for rest, logging nine points and five rebounds over 18 minutes. He should see his playing time decrease with Lopez back in the lineup, which only further hurts his fantasy value. Scola likely isn't worth a look unless injuries occur higher up in the depth chart.
Scola started at center in place of Brook Lopez (rest) and tallied nine points (4-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and five rebounds across 18 minutes during a 116-104 loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
The start didn't equate to huge minutes for the 36-year-old, who didn't get many more minutes than he normally would receive in his bench role. Scola is usually good for a few buckets a game, but he has only played more than 20 minutes once this season, which came in Brooklyn's first game of the year.
Scola will start at center for Tuesday's game against the Raptors.
Scola has seen limited playing time all season, but with Brook Lopez getting the night off for rest, he'll get a chance to work with the starting five. Look for Scola to see a significant increase in minutes, potentially providing some short term DFS value for the time being. He'll likely move back to the bench come Thursday's game against the Warriors.
Scola notched 15 points (5-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds and one assist across 16 minutes in Saturday's 130-101 loss to the Spurs.
Scola had been exiled from coach Kenny Atkinson's rotation over the previous two games and had only seen 11 or fewer minutes in the three games prior to that, but with the Spurs turning Saturday's contest into a blowout early, the veteran benefited from some extra run in garbage time. Despite the strong outing, Scola remains well behind Brook Lopez, Trevor Booker and Justin Hamilton in the team's rotation of big men, so fantasy players shouldn't take away much from this performance.
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.
Scola produced six points (1-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds and an assist over 14 minutes during Thursday's 108-89 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals series.
The veteran forward was tabbed for the start in Game 2, but ended up receiving the same 14-minute allotment he'd seen in Game 1, when he came off the bench. Scola wasn't able to make much of an impact during his time on the court, and could potentially return to a reserve role in Game 3. Prior to his game action in the series opener, the 36-year-old had played only five minutes over the prior eight postseason contests, with the entirety of that playing time having come in Game 3 of the second-round series versus the Heat.
Scola will start in Thursday's Game 2 against the Cavaliers.
Scola played just 14 minutes in Game 1, recording seven points and two rebounds, making it a shocking last minute announcement that he'll draw the start over Patrick Patterson. The change is likely due to the Raptors getting blown out in Game 1 and looking to change things up to improve going forward. Look for Scola to see a large minutes increase while he is in the starting lineup.
Scola (coach's decision) didn't play in Monday's 94-87 overtime loss to the Heat in Game 4 of the series.
Though Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) missed Game 4 and is expected to sit out the rest of the series, it didn't open up any extra minutes for Scola, who has now gone unused off the bench in six of the Raptors' last seven postseason games.
Scola (coach's decision) didn't play in Tuesday's 102-99 Game 5 win over the Pacers.
Coach Dwane Casey dropped Scola from the starting lineup for the first time in the series in favor of Patrick Patterson, and then didn't turn to Scola off the bench even when the Raptors closed the first quarter trailing by 15 points. Instead, Casey stuck with a nine-man rotation that led a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, an arrangement he could choose to stick with in Game 6. If that's the case, expect Scola to remain out of the mix unless the game devolves into a blowout.
Scola will come off the bench for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Pacers.
With the Raptors struggling on offense early in games this series, Scola will be replaced by Patrick Patterson at power forward Tuesday. While Scola is craftier around the basket, Patterson is more mobile and a much better outside shooter who's capable of spreading the floor. Through the first four games of the series, Scola has scored just eight total points in 14.0 minutes per game, while Patterson is averaging 8.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game.
Scola may be replaced by Patrick Patterson in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Pacers, Sportsnet reports.
Scola has been quiet through the first four games of the series, averaging 2.0 points and 3.0 rebounds while playing 11-16 minutes in each contest. Meanwhile, Patrick Patterson has logged 26+ minutes off the bench in each game, averaging 9.5 points and 4.3 boards. Even if the starting lineup is altered, the distribution of playing time probably won't change by much.
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