Sources: Rockets eye Luis Scola deal

Updated: June 30, 2012, 2:32 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Houston Rockets are actively looking to trade veteran power forward Luis Scola, according to league sources briefed on Houston's plans.

Although a specific trade partner for Houston has not yet emerged, sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets -- stocked with big forwards after coming away with Royce White and Terrence Jones in the NBA draft earlier this week -- are working to find a new home for Scola as they rebuild their roster.

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Veteran guards Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin have also been made available in various trade scenarios by the Rockets as they continue to stockpile young assets as part of their well-chronicled intent to pursue Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard or another franchise player in trade scenarios.

Scola, a 2002 second-round pick by San Antonio, played in all 66 games last season. The 32-year-old Argentinian averaged 15.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 2011-12.

Martin and Lowry, along with Scola, represent Houston's three leading scorers from last season despite Martin and Lowry playing in just 40 and 47 games, respectively.

The Rockets tried to deal Martin and Scola to New Orleans last December as part of the failed three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers and brought Pau Gasol to Houston.

Scola has two fully guaranteed years left on his contract worth just under $20 million and a partially guaranteed $11 million due in 2014-15.

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