March 27, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom (7) drives the lane against Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola (4) and forward Chandler Parsons (25) in the first quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Recently amnestied, now ex-Rocket forward Luis Scola, has been claimed by the Phoenix Suns. Recent buzz had indicated that the Dallas Mavericks were interested in Scola and intended to make a strong bid, despite the recent acquisition of Elton Brand through the same process.
Scola, who is a fine player, seemed a somewhat odd choice as a Mavs' target, given that his contract has three years remaining, and required a bid of at least $3.3 million(and, remember, players claimed via amnesty cannot be traded for a year). It would have been a less than ideal fit, basketball-wise, and a sudden departure after so many short-term acquisitions.
Speaking of which, Dallas, thanks to the surprisingly low winning bid of $2.1 for Elton Brand, still have enough space to make a decent acquisition(or two, with the room exception also still at their disposal). Jose Calderon remains unhappy and un-amnestied in Toronto, and if that is too rich a proposition for Dallas' liking, there are also several unclaimed sharpshooters on the market. Stay tuned.