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Old 07-15-2007, 04:19 PM   #1
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Default Why the Spurs dealt Scola for virtually nothing

Why the Spurs dealt Scola for virtually nothing

It looks as if this was a deal that got the Spurs virtually nothing. In truth, they got a lot and continued to show why the organization is among the more forward-thinking in the league. But the Spurs are not four-time title winners because they're dumb. In fact, it could be argued that eventually the Spurs will end up with more significant pieces as a result of this deal.

Ultimately, both teams will be happy. Here's why:
The deal began taking shape shortly after the Spurs decided to take Brazilian center (and Scola's current Tau Ceramica teammate) Tiago Splitter. This kid is a phenomenal prospect as well. Splitter is a physical player who can score inside and from mid-range, measured 6-11 3/4 at the NBA pre-draft camp two years ago, has a 7-4 reach and is just 22, five years younger than Scola.

Splitter won't be able to buy out his contract until after the 2007-2008 season, which is what the Spurs were looking at when they dealt Scola.
The Spurs could have cleared some money to bring over Scola next season, but as they saw it Splitter was younger, better, a better defender and would cost about the same to sign as Scola. By including Jackie Butler in the deal and putting in cash considerations, the Spurs will not have to pay Butler's $2.9 million salary next season, nor Spanoulis' $1.9 million. That allows the Spurs to clear a roster spot and be able to better afford signing athletic French big man Ian Mahinmi, their 2005 draft pick, and also free agent swingman and athletic Bruce Bowen-type defender Ime Udoka.

The Spurs' "generosity" helped the Rockets, no doubt. This will be a huge pickup. But ultimately, Spurs fans are going to love this deal as much or more. It's going to allow them to bring in the next Bruce Bowen, a project in Mahinmi whose athleticism has been compared to David Robinson's and a younger, taller, better Scola.
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: Why the Spurs dealt Scola for virtually nothing

That is a good point there $hotyme. I really believe Luis Scola will be a good complement to Yao. He is a nice scrappy player, who can really help Yao on the defensive end. Now it is just a matter of him coming over this season or next. Jackie Butler is solid as well, he can score and rebound well off the bench.
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Old 07-16-2007, 04:14 AM   #3
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Default Re: Why the Spurs dealt Scola for virtually nothing

The Spurs also have a lot of work to do to keep a championship team on the floor. Duncan is going to re-sign next year, but then they have Manu and Parker to sign the following two years (I think Parker could leave for a bigger market to be with Eva, maybe Miami to team with Wade?). If they re-sign those guys, they will be okay.

However, while that is the core of the team, solid players like Bowen, Barry, Horry, and Elson will all be FA next year, and Finley is done this year. They can't go with those players much longer. They need some money to sign some guys. They need Mahinmi and this Udoka guy. They will be cheaper than Scola. Because Scola was a 2nd round pick, they could have signed a bigger contract, and they might get Mahinmi and Udoka for the same price. Plus they have Splitter in a few years. That is basically like replacing Bowen, Barry, and Elson if they don't bring back all three. That leaves them with some holes to fill, but with the MLE and potential trades (some team may give up a draft pick or a young guy for a contract dump like Barry this mid-season) they can fill them. They also have the rights to Marcus Williams and Robertas Javtokas.

So I couldn't figure out why the Spurs did this deal, but now it makes sense.

Plus the Rockets got what they needed.
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Old 07-17-2007, 10:12 AM   #4
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Default Re: Why the Spurs dealt Scola for virtually nothing

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The Spurs could have cleared some money to bring over Scola next season, but as they saw it Splitter was younger, better, a better defender and would cost about the same to sign as Scola.

Splitter has to improve a lot to be better than Scola is now (as overall, he plays better defense), but you're right that the cost could be similar and Splitter is younger and can wait. For Scola is maybe a now or never, and the Spurs don't really need him today.
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