Source: Mavs have interest in Luis Scola
A source says the Mavs are also prepared to aggressively bid on Luis Scola through the amnesty waivers process if they do not get Brand, a better defender and rebounder.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Scola, 32, averaged 15.5 points and 6.4 rebounds last season for the Houston Rockets, who reportedly opted to use the amnesty provision to waive the remaining three years and $21 million on the forward’s contract.
The winning bid on Scola will be be spread pro rata over the three remaining years on his contract. Brand, on the other hand, is entering the last season of his contract and would be completely off the books next summer. That's a notable difference for the Mavericks, who value every bit of future financial flexibility.
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