Suns make winning bid for Luis Scola
The Dallas Mavericks got the one they really wanted Friday in Elton Brand. The Rockets amnestied forward Luis Scola, a crafty, below-the-rim, low-post scorer who seemed a difficult fit with Dirk Nowitzki and Brand. Plus, the three years remaining on his contract, even at a greatly reduced rate, wasn't exactly ideal for an organization seeking to keep its powder dry.
Scola heads to the revamping Phoenix Suns, who submitted the winning bid. The story by ESPN.com's Marc Stein says Dallas is the only team other than Phoenix known to have made a bid, even after the Mavs successfully bidded $2.1 million to get Brand.
The Mavs, with 10 players under contract plus three rookies, can turn their attention to more pressing needs, such as signing some shooters, a glaring weakness at the moment.
Dallas has around $4 million in cap space remaining to sign players, plus a $2.5 million "room" exception. There are a number of shooting guards remaining on the market, including O.J. Mayo, Leandro Barbosa, Marco Belinelli, Mickael Pietrus and Carlos Delfino.
Mavs free-agent guard Delonte West also remains unsigned. There remains mutual interest on that front and a move might be on hold until the Mavs figure out how they will be spending their remaining cap space. Scola can be crossed off the list, but teams still have two more days to amnesty players.
A look at the Mavs' roster to date:
Guards: Darren Collison, Dahntay Jones, Vince Carter, Rodrigue Beaubois, Dominique Jones, Jared Cunningham
Small forward: Shawn Marion, Jae Crowder
Power forward: Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand
Center: Chris Kaman, Brandan Wright, Bernard James
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