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Suns win bidding war for Luis Scola; amnesty Childress

Jul 15, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

Luis Scola AP

Channing Frye and Markieff Morris, your minutes have been put on notice.

The Phoenix Suns have won the amnesty bidding war for Luis Scola, teams around the league have been told, reports Marc Stein of Scola was amnestied by the Houston Rockets as part of Daryl Morey’s quixotic quest for Dwight Howard.

The Suns also used their own amnesty on Josh Childress Sunday, throwing him out on the bidding wire for teams under the salary cap.

We don’t know Phoenix’s bid amount that won them Scola but for the next two years the Suns will pay the bid amount of Scola’s deal, the Rockets will pick up the rest. According to Larry Coon of ESPN, the bid amount is spread out pro-rata among the guaranteed years of the contract, and Scola’s third non-guaranteed salary of $11 million is added on top of that for each year. Meaning that the Suns had to bid at least $3 million for this season but upwards of $10 million for the other years on the deal.

Scola has the dubious distinction of being the best player ever amnestied. He averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season, 18.3 and 8 the season before. He is an above average NBA big man who may not be an All-Star but would fit on most teams.

The question is fit. The Suns have Frye at the four to spread the floor, plus Morris has looked good in his first Summer League game, outclassing the competition with his athleticism. Scola plays a less athletic but headier game them both of them. The question is what style do the Suns play next year, you’d think something similar with Goran Dragic at the point and Alvin Gentry as coach. But how does Scola fit into that?

The amnesty of Childress was an expected move irrespective of the Scola signing. He was a poor fit for the Suns but could provide some value in the right system. Plus, Childress may rock the best hair in the game.

  1. imthedudedude - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Love it. Hope OJ joins in now and we roll out a starting lineup of Goran,OJ, Beasley, Scola, Gortat. With Morris,Marshall, Dudley, Frye, warrick, and telfair on the bench for now. Hope Howard and Pullen join in off the summer league team.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:24 AM

      Dang, that doesn’t sound bad! I hope Pullen and Howard make it too…anywhere.

  2. juanandonly24 - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Not that great of a move for them, as Scola is on the decline and will never have the season he did during 2010-2011 again.

  3. omie34 - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Luis will be missed in houston! Hopefully him and gogi can team up for some success. Just not too much success

  4. BigBeachBall - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    he’ll be diet scola without nash there…

  5. fnc111 - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Suns will have possibly the worst team in the league next year, which is a good strategy if they can get that Kentucky recruit who reclassified to the 2013 class. The NBA is a joke and if you aren’t in So Cal or the east coast your NBA team is pointless like the Suns. Stern won’t let a team like this ever win again.

    • dgbk - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Really? The suns will have a worse record than the Bobcats or pistons

  6. patfic15 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    So what was he in Houston? Without Steve Nash?

  7. therealhtj - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Does anyone get the feeling these small market teams bid on these guys just to make sure they don’t end up on contenders? 10 million for Scola 3 years from now just sounds like a horrible idea. Is it possible to use the stretch provision on him then?

    • juanandonly24 - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      THANK YOU! Luis Scola is one of those players that’s so underrated that he’s overrated. He’s 32 and just came off a year where his numbers were mediocre, on top of being injured. His contract in 3 years will be something that the Suns will heavily regret.

  8. mrlitl - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Diet Scola. Hilarious.

  9. atahualpaoxford - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Sure…the guy is awful…in 3 yrs. time he will be the worst player in the NBA…
    He’ll play for Argentina in the Olimpics in just a few days….
    With a team where the “stars” will be singing their swan song….and the rest of the team is young and unproven…
    Why not wait until then to see how bad he is…???

  10. 00maltliquor - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    This just may be a feat to never be matched again….to amnesty one of your own players to pick up a player that just got amnestied elsewhere. Wow.

  11. 00maltliquor - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    …The NBA: Where irony happens.

  12. skinsfanwill - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    I can’t believe all the negative comments about Scola when I see people like Brook Lopez are getting max deals and bidding on Batum is at an all-time high (as if he EVER averaged 15 points a game). Scola is as solid as they come. Phoenix got lucky very lucky in this deal. But Dragic is nothing more than a ball hawk that doesn’t really shoot that well. He is fools gold.

  13. fnc111 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Dragic is awful. Watched him when he was in Phx before. I agree total fools gold. Can’t defend and isn’t a good ball handler. If you are looking for a guy to score 12 points a game taking 15 shots they got their man. Sarver is a terrible owner and I pray the fans dont buy into this garbage team. Stay away from the stadium until Stern or Sarver allows a winner in Phoenix.

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