HoopsHype Luis Scola rumors

October 22, 2014 Updates

Before Stephenson had committed to Charlotte, his representatives had recognized his successful growth with the Indiana Pacers and a desire to stay. Move a salary off the books, move a player here or there and keep your homegrown talent, Stephenson’s management team urged the Pacers’ front office. With the ability to shed part or all of Luis Scola’s and Donald Sloan’s contracts, people involved in negotiations brought up scenarios to remove those deals to create an increased Year 1 and Year 2 salary for Stephenson in a deal with Indiana. Suggestions went unanswered, without execution. Under the direction of Larry Bird and Herb Simon, the Pacers remained resistant in their contract offer to Stephenson, and lost him. Bird had called Stephenson’s behaviors “disappointing” late in last season’s playoffs, had failed to convince ownership enough of his former second round pick to spike into a luxury tax area, but Stephenson was his guy. He always shielded Stephenson privately and publicly. Away from this partnership, Stephenson understands there’s no turning back now, no grudge to keep. RealGM

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Brazil scored 14 fast break points to Argentina’s zero. Prigioni and Scola ended the game in foul trouble, and for the latter, he knew that Brazil had him figured out. Afterwards in the mixed zone, he answered every question hurriedly, and became agitated when asked about Argentina’s group of players, most notably himself, Manu Ginobili and Carlos Delfino, the latter two, not playing in this World Cup due to injury. “What group,” Scola said. “Manu is not here. Manu hasn’t been here in a couple of years. Delfino’s not here. What is this group? We keep talking about a group but it doesn’t exist. We keep changing players every year and it’s probably two or three players that played in the Olympics before that won medals so what is exactly this group?” TalkBasket

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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." HoopsHype

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The ongoing saga of Manu Ginobili’s status for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup took yet another turn after long-time national teammate/friend Luis Scola gave a scathing interview in the Argentine media threatening to boycott the event in light of rampant corruption within the country’s hoops federation. Ginobili is scheduled to receive an update on the stress fracture in his lower right leg on Friday. But even if healthy and cleared to participate, there now seems to be a chance that Ginobili and others could follow Scola’s lead if he does indeed follow through on his threat. San Antonio Express-News

As Scola told Hernan Sartori of Clarin, “Once you know and you stay involved, you become an accomplice. All we accomplished has been squandered. We have to keep fighting for transparency. But if this becomes a circus, I won’t be able to play anymore. I won’t be an accomplice.” Ginobili and Nocioni, among others, heartily endorsed his comments on Twitter. “The captain got angry and I’m great with that. Well said,” said Ginobili. Said Nocioni, “Embarrassment! I apologize because Argentine basketball does not deserve this!” San Antonio Express-News

July 10, 2014 Updates

So to keep Stephenson, the Pacers will likely have to increase the offer. But to avoid the tax, the Pacers must free up space and one imaginable way would be cutting ties with backup forward Luis Scola. While a league source recently told The Star that Scola is still in the Pacers' plans, Scola has roughly $2.5 million guaranteed in the final year of his contract and would be the easiest moving part to sacrifice in order to retain Stephenson. Indianapolis Star

May 27, 2014 Updates

But Scola is a true basketball character, a superstar on the international stage for the legendary Argentina team that dethroned Team USA early in the 2000s. Teammates and coaches revere him. Battier cited him this weekend as one of his favorite teammates, and Daryl Morey said Kevin McHale is still asking if the Rockets could reacquire Scola. Grantland

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Luis Scola: My son Matías is getting famous... The reporter asked "can you spell your name?" And he said "yes T-O-C" Oh, boy.... http://t.co/2zgTYUAh86 Twitter @LScola4

January 22, 2014 Updates

Scola, a starter through most of his eight-year career, admitted in wanting to feel assured about how the Pacers viewed him in their puzzle. “I had concerns,” Scola said, “because this was a team that was playing really well (and) had all the pieces. I was concerned about what’s going to be my role. When the trade was going down, you never really know what kind of situation you are (in). Sometimes you are the big part of the trade, sometimes you are the worst part of the trade if a team wanted to get rid of you or the other team really wanted to get you.” But any trepidation was quickly resolved because the Pacers wanted and needed Scola. “We sat him down and told him the (starting frontcourt) belongs to David and Roy and that those are our guys,” Vogel told Scola. “ ‘This is the first time, you’ll have to come off the bench, but you’re going to come off the bench and play a lot and be a major part of a special season.’ ” Indianapolis Star

January 21, 2014 Updates

On Tuesday afternoon, Scola, the 6-9, 240-pound power forward, felt comfortable in his old home because he’s thriving in his new role. “I’m getting closer to the end of my career, so the most important thing for me is winning and this is a great chance for me to achieve that,” said Scola, a first-year Pacer averaging 8.3 points in 18 minutes as a backup. “It’s a great place to work and as a matter of fact, we’re winning a lot of games.” Indianapolis Star

Scola knew that West wasn’t going anywhere. So when he arrived in Indianapolis after a trade sent Miles Plumlee, Gerald Green and the 2014 first-round draft pick to Phoenix, Scola greeted Vogel with two questions – "What on Earth should he say to his childhood idol and new boss, Larry Bird? And secondly, ‘Am I going to play?’ ” Vogel recalled. Indianapolis Star

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