Thursday, July 12th, 2012 at 7:10 pm  |  42 responses

Houston Rockets to Reportedly Amnesty Luis Scola

The rumor seemed quite crazy when it first surfaced, but now it appears to be reality. The Houston Rockets will reportedly send Luis Scola packing in their latest desperate bid to acquire Dwight Howard (or another superstar player, maybe even two.) Per Yahoo! Sports: “Houston has decided to use the amnesty provision on Luis Scola and will likely file with NBA on Friday, league sources say. Scola has three years and $21 million left on his contract. The Rockets are clearing space in pursuit of a Dwight Howard deal. The Rockets will soon have the space to absorb Orlando’s Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, Chris Duhon and Epcot Center. The Mavericks will be aggressive bidders for Scola on the amnesty wire, league sources said. Dallas is serious about Elton Brand too. Once Houston amnesties Scola, Rockets will be able to absorb 2nd max deal next summer in addition to Howard now. Gives them chance for [Chris Paul]. There’s no Howard-to-Houston deal imminent with amnesty of Scola, but Rockets’ goal is unmistakable: They’ll stop at nothing to get him.”

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  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Curiouser and curiouser.

  • NetsRTakingOver

    @johnschuhmann: Rockets trying to surround Dwight Howard with the same supporting cast he’s trying to escape from.” hahah lol

  • Jono

    Miami Heat will come calling for you Luis.

  • NetsRTakingOver

    Dwight Howard will play out “My back still hurts card” till January 15 then he’ll demand another trade to Brooklyn lmfao

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Rockets are stupid. They may get Bynum but definitely not Dwight for more than a few months.

  • RunNGun

    Kevin Love footprint not included…

  • wet

    Scola’s contract isn’t that heavy. They should easily be able to get some cheaper assests for this dude? He can play. I’m really confused.

  • Heals

    Wow, I know it’s part of a bigger picture, but still caught me way off guard. Anyway some team is luck out and snag the BEST pivot foot in the NBA…

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Some team will be ecstatic to claim this guy off amnesty. Wonder what he’ll go for? 2 years, full mid level?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno


  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Caboose, whatever he gets paid will just be split off what he was already schedules for in Houston. So probably no more than the mini-mid-level. Think Chauncey Billups last summer.

  • Sérgio

    Damn! Scola would be perfect alongside Howard!

  • Bravo

    No Andrea bargnani would

  • http://slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    Sorry about yaos summers, our bad yo.

  • Shifty

    If this all goes pear shaped for Rockets how crap are they goin to be? Seriously if this all backfires……what up, Charlotte bobcats of the west!

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    True, nbk. That’s a good point.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I been hearing this scenario, Cleveland wins him in the waiver wire, then trade Verajao and maybe another piece to Philadelphia for Iguodala.

  • MeloMan15

    If the Heat get Scola I will be done with the NBA… I really hope the knicks can get him though. A CLEAR upgrade over Amare

  • http://www.reverberation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    They should just have a sign “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” cuz the Rockets are giving everyone away


    does amnesty mean the team pays for the whole 3years 21 mil as a 1 time payment and then he becomes a free agent? if so why didn’t they just trade him for a couple of pieces? sum is goin on in houston.

  • basketball_iQ

    how stupid… mchale must be horrible like lowry said

  • basketball_iQ

    I can guarantee anyone that Luis will not be taking his talents to south beach.
    It will be more like the Spurs or Dallas. He wont get far.
    Luis is a walking 20pts a game, EASY.

  • http://www.nba.com Shadojoker

    Rockets are idiots…Scola is a machine..amnesty him just for the POTENTIAL of getting Howard for just 1 year?? Come on!! Dwight is gonna play the year out then sign with Brooklyn next year when they amnesty Brook Lopez or whatever they can to get Dwight. Howard won’t sign an extension with Houston…I guarantee you that…he should come to Chicago and move Noah to power forward spot..but that could be just as delusional as Houston gettin Howard to sign an extension.

  • http://chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls Diesel

    So Houston is going to amnesty Scola but still offer Asik $25 mil? I don’t get it.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Come to LA

  • flimo

    Brooklyn can’t amnesty Lopez, or even JJ. One can only amnesty a player who was on their roster before the new cba AND the contract was signed before the new cba. And without Lopez, they are still over the cap, so the only way is a trade.

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    @diesel . Good point. Asik over scola? What’s going? Come to sun’s we need a post presence.

  • http://Slamonline.com 1982

    Mubwar – Amnesty means the contract comes off the teams books – then other teams bid on How much of that contract they’ll pay, highest bidder “wins” the player. Then Houston only has to pay what’s left of the contract.they did it for TW cap space to offer a max.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    Don’t make the same mistake Spurs, get him ASAP!! He’s a perfect in that system, plus it will greatly help the team’s post presence even if Duncan isn’t on the court playing.

  • chillout

    scola is a beast why would you do this for a mere shot? I don’t agree with this move, I would take scola any day of the week!

  • dunkbar

    only teams currently under the cap can claim him off waivers, so that eliminates the heat and a whole lot of other teams from bidding on him, in the first place. he becomes a free agent only if there are no bids on him off waivers.

  • eZ

    Is houston desperate and shortsighted or what? I thought thenidea was to get dwight and hope to convince him to stay….by winning and presenting him with a good team. Now they traded lowry for a pick, let dragic walk, will waive scola and have still signed asik. Exactly what should give dwight a reason to sign an extention, if he lands there…rockets need a new front office , not a single star player.

  • Loly

    Can he sign one year or only the three of their contract with Rockets?
    Only understand this move if they have some agree with Magic.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/10/nfl-players-advice-to-lebron-james-stick-to-basketball/ shutup

    I always wondered why the spurs didnt keep him. I think it was because he would occupy the exact same spaces as tim duncan, unlike splitter, even blair; he needs the ball to score (yes I know you can’t score without the ball) what i mean to say is hes good with the ball in his hands but off the ball his movement is soso and his offensive rebounding isnt great either, but whoever gets him off the waivers will get a steal.

  • http://www.slamonline.com JTaylor21

    Luis Scola was the best player on the whole trailblazers team!!!

  • Basket hoops

    Scola to Toronto.they love them there euros

  • Jose

    I officially have no clue who even plays for the rockets anymore, The Houston Draft Picks are all i know. . .

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danfields

    i wonder on howards side how much a situation with scola-less rockets would be any improvement towards his situation in orlando… even when i saw what the nets wouldve given up, theyd be better than howard-less nets but not necessarily better than what he got in orlando. so where is the point of wanting to get out? he better commit long term. in one or two years some decent free agents will sign with the magic as allways anyway n then try it again – nowitzki style

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty


  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    Teams are bugging with this whole Dwight Howard Saga. You let go of Scola to be able to ATTEMPT get Dwight? I wouldnt throw my girlfriend out because I hear Beyonce is going to be in New York and I could possibly run into her b4 she meets up with Jay Z! What’s wrong with yall?

  • ismail

    If the spurs or celtics can pick him up, they would look pretty damn tough

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Seriously?? ALL the Rockets had to do this summer was re-sign Goran Dragic or keep Kyle Lowry, then pick a center in the draft. That was ALL they had to do. Daryl Morey is a dumb @ss.