Sunday, July 15, 2012
Suns make winning bid for Luis Scola
By Jeff Caplan
One amnesty acquisition is enough for now.
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.
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.