After appearing in 36 games for the Brooklyn Nets, power forward Luis Scola is getting waived.
The Nets announced on Monday morning that they’re requesting waivers on the 36-year-old Argentinian. Sean Marks signed Scola to a one-year, $5 million deal last July so the young guys on the team would have a veteran presence in the locker room.
Scola seldom played and was averaging a career-low 12.8 minutes a night. Following their request, Marks had this to say about the decision:
“We appreciate everything Luis has done for our team this year. His approach and dedication to the game will continue to serve as lasting models for our young players. While we would have loved for Luis to be with us for the remainder of the season, we felt that he deserved the opportunity to contribute to a playoff contender.”
With the new regime being brought to Brooklyn, Scola just didn’t fit into the coaching staff’s vision and style. The Nets get out and run and shoot a lot of threes, and Scola struggled to find his long-range shot.
Despite shooting 34 percent from three, he averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in the minutes Kenny Atkinson gave him.
Going forward, Scola should be able to find himself on a playoff team with no issues. In his career, he’s made four trips to the playoffs and went to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2014 with the Indiana Pacers and 2015 with the Toronto Raptors.
Before that, he and the Houston Rockets took the Los Angeles Lakers to seven games in the 2009 Western Conference Semis.
His playing time was sporadic during the last two runs, but being in that environment and being a part of a successful team can bring valuable advice to those who haven’t been there.