Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The revamping of the Phoenix Suns roster has cost the Cavaliers a shot at landing forward Luis Scola.
The Suns Sunday won the bidding auction for Scola, an auction that reports say included the Cavaliers. The Houston Rockets had used their amnesty provision Friday to give up the last three seasons and $21 mil owed to Scola.
Under the amnesty provision of the new CBA, teams had to submit a bid of at least $3 million for the upcoming season for Scola and at least $10 million over three years.
The Cavs along with the Dallas Mavericks were two other teams that reportedly had put bids in on Scola, who last season with the Rockets put up 15.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
“We are excited to have won the bid for Luis Scola and to add a player of his caliber to our roster,” Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said in a statement. “We greatly value the production he will bring and the leadership he will provide to our younger players.”
While the 32-year-old Argentine forwards numbers had gone down last season with the Rockets, he is still known as a solid offensive threat, as well as a decent low-post player, one the Cavs could have used.
To make room on the roster, the Suns used its amnesty clause to waive forward Josh Childress. “We thank Josh Childress for his contributions. He is a consummate professional,” Babby said.
Scola started all 66 games for the Rockets this past season, and in his five years has only missed five games. He had spent his entire five-year NBA career in Houston, where he had career averages of 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds.