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Report: Rockets looking to move Scola, just about anyone else

Jun 30, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

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It’s not a fire sale. But it does feel like a clearance sale.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey is clearly looking to make some big moves and shake up the Rockets roster. He brought in three picks in the top 20 from the NBA Draft — and tried to do a lot more — and now he is shopping Luis Scola. And pretty much everyone else.

From Marc Stein at ESPN:

Although a specific trade partner for Houston has not yet emerged, sources told 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.

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.

“You want that lamp? You can have that lamp for the right price. Anything that is not nailed down can be yours. And we will take the nails out of the other stuff.”

It’s the right thing to do. The Rockets have been locked in NBA’s middle ground. Not bad, fighting for a low payoff seed, getting a nice but not great draft pick, having some nice players but no All-Stars. Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

Morey is trying to break out of that cycle, and I like it. Get a franchise player. Even if it blows up and falls apart, you end up bad and get a real high draft pick and start to build that way. Get out of the safe middle and be bold. Houston is doing that.

  1. thekingdave - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    This has been accepted fact for a year, especially with Martin.

  2. phillyphever - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Wished there were more GMs like him in sports. Honestly, most GMs are more worried about their job security to do something like this, knowing it might help the team down the road.

  3. bsplaincs - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Look I am the only one that is going to say this…. But Mr. Howard is Done. He will come back but will NEVER be the same player. Remember he had “Back Surgery” on a Herniated Disk at 26yrs old, and he will have issues going forward it was not a oh I pulled something no worries. Someone will pay a lot of money for Howard and he will not even be the same player. It is just sad because everyone thinks that Howard is a game changer ( He was before he blew out his back). In the next few yrs how many more games will he sit with back issues and spasms. At his position he will take a beating playing in the West. it will just take one or two hard fouls and he will be right back on the table under the knife again……Good Luck.

    • eaglessuperfan - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      I never really thought of it this way but from a 35 year old who hurt his back at 19 you could be right. I would venture to guess that all 7 of the Thumbs down’s never hurt their back. I only tore muscles and I have never been the same, and am only getting worse.

  4. bparmalee - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Scola or Kevin Martin would look great on my Pacers team. I hope we at least make the phone call.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Scola, Lowry and Martin for Gasol and MWP. The Rockets can amnesty Ron after they see what they’ve got with the new picks.

    For the guy who mentioned Howard’s back. I broke mine at 28 and lost a good 5-6″ off my vertical and not nearly as explosive as I once was. And I’m not one of those guys who fabricates athletic prowess. I never made the league obviously, but at 33, I am a shell of my former self on the courts. Even with modern medicine, I can’t see him doing much better. Look at Ron, Mike Miller and everyone else with bad backs over the years. Bird, Nash has no lateral movement and gets tight with spasms frequently. It’s just not good. But mine ruptured. Dwight might catch a break. Stoudemire is always having disk problems also.

    • dejan36 - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      No offense, but Howard will be operated by the best “back surgeon” in the world and will get better treatmen and rehabilitation than you. This does not mean that he will be back to 100% or that he won’t have back problems in the future but “he’s done comments” are premature. Let’s just wait and see :)

    • madnova - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      You can’t amnesty someone you trade for. Teams can only amnesty players they signed themselves.

    • rohlo - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:11 AM

      sorry we dont want gasol anymore!!! been there done that with artest(i refuse to call the knucklehead MWP)

  6. raidmagic - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Let’s get the deal done Hennigan. The Rockets have complied the pieces to make a nice offer to you for Howard and that is a nice start for a rebuild post Howard in Orlando. If you play your cards right you can get them to take that piece of crap Duhon contract off your hands too. Make it happen. Time for Orlando to move forward.

  7. dysraw1 - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    yo i want K. Lowry in a Knick jersey come next fall somebody plzzzz give Grunwald [ pardon the spelling] a call

  8. dalucks - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    The only issue with cleaning house then being very bad to get a high draft pick is that normally a new coach and general manager will be in charge of rebuilding a new team. The Charlotte Bobcats are going through this right now. Guess what, they have a new coach and general manager.

  9. flyrocket31 - Jun 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Make it happen Morey! Trade the three draft picks, martin, in deals to get Howard. Sign Roy. Sign and Trade Dragic, and Scola for Josh Smith!!!!!!

  10. knightrider1755 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Brooklyn should take Scola and let Orlando and Houston fight it out over who gets Dwight Howard. Let;s get ready to rumble!

  11. 2002duck - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    They might as well the Rockets are in full rebuild mode.

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