Houston Rockets Waive Luis Scola

July 13, 2012 – 10:11 pm by Ryan Phillips

In what came as a bit of a surprise Friday evening, the Houston Rockets waived forward Luis Scola to clear salary cap space for a potential blockbuster move. To dump Scola and the three-years and roughly $21 million left on his contract, the Rockets used the one-time amnesty clause in the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement.

The 32-year-old Scola averaged 15.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31.3 minutes per game last season. He started all 66 of Houston’s games, and was a huge piece of the team’s puzzle. His career averages of 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game are pretty good, so just releasing him is quite a risk for the Rockets to be taking.

The 6’9″ Scola is a fan-favorite in Houston so this won’t be a popular move unless the Rockets pull off a blockbuster deal, like one that brings Dwight Howard back in return. The assumption is that Houston is clearing Scola off the books in order to absorb multiple bad contracts from the Orlando Magic that would come in a potential deal for Howard.

The Rockets have already gotten rid of Kyle Lowry and allowed Goran Dragic to leave town, while they also shipped Chase Budinger and center Samuel Dalembert away in separate trades in exchange for two first-round draft picks.

Houston has signed Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik to offer sheets, but it looks like both restricted free agents will be retained by their former teams.

I’ll give the Rockets credit for working hard to re-make their roster, but so far they haven’t added much other than Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones in this year’s draft.

As for Scola, he’ll land somewhere quickly. He will be put on waivers and someone will claim him. He’s a high-energy guy who works hard and will always be a tough guy to handle in the paint.

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  1. 6 Responses to “Houston Rockets Waive Luis Scola”

  2. This is a travesty; Scola was a great player with the Rockets, and the fans in Houston appreciated this. I’ll never understand the upper management of Houston teams; they let go or trade away good players who truly care for the team AND the city of Houston (or players who gave their body for their team – Ryan, Olajwuon, Campbell). Houston pro teams have NO honor :(!

    By McHale needs to GO! on Jul 14, 2012

  3. totally agree!!!!! Morey sucks and Alexander shouldn’t have allowed this

    By doug on Jul 14, 2012

  4. The Rockets management staff has consistantly made VERY POOR business and personel choices. Going back to the Barkely trade which ruined the Rockets future and the team has never recovered. Yoa and Tracy added a bit of hope, unfortunately the team did not accomplish there goals. When will management ever SHOW some loyalty to the players that are loyal to the CITY OF HOUSTON and the FANS. How about SHOWING loyalty to the fans that have supported the season after season. WAIVING SCOLA WAS BEYOND WRONG AND BAD BUSINESS!

    By Walter on Jul 14, 2012

  5. Super good player. I hope management is bringing in Josh Howard with a move like this,otherwise this is a huge mistake.

    By Jerry on Jul 14, 2012

  6. Why is everyone crying over Scola? This GM we have in Houston sees a template laid down by the Heat.. that is to have AT LEAST ONE marketable player to lure in top talent! I never heard anyone anywhere say they wanted to play in Houston with Scola.. I liked him as a player while he was here, but he just isn’t in our future so it’s time to move on.

    By Nick on Jul 15, 2012

  7. Kevin Mchale was a great player but also seems to find a way to isolate players and now you hear Rockets saying they cannot play for this guy. He had a very detrimental run in Sota as GM and now the Rockets have made some seriously baffling moves. They will be signing Lin and keeping him which is probably the only light of hope on the team now. Rather tenuous. I dont think Superman would play more than one year for the Rockets anyway..even after tearing up the roster to get him. As a timberwolf fan since their inception I am liking picking up Buddinger for the 18th pick in this years draft. We really need a player like him. Whoever gets Scola will be ecstatic!!! So now it looks like Houston is a lottery team being joined by Dallas as well. Expect to see 2 to 3 teams in the playoffs this year that did not make it last year. Wow whata ramble..!

    By Dunda Gin on Jul 15, 2012

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