Not long after the Suns agreed to terms with former Rockets point guard Goran Dragic, general manager Lance Blanks made a move for Luis Scola, who was recently amnestied by Houston.
The news comes from ESPN's Brian Windhorst:
Luis Scola has been awarded to the Phoenix Suns via amnesty waiver claim, source tells ESPN— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 15, 2012
Let's take a closer look at this newest development.
What it Means
Good move by Houston?
The Suns now have a legitimate power forward to put next to rising center Marcin Gortat.
The 32-year-old Scola took a step back in 2011-12 during his fifth year with the Rockets, as he averaged 15.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, his least productive season since 2008-09.
Nonetheless, 15 points on 50 percent shooting to go along with six rebounds per contest is nothing to shrug at. Scola has some of the best footwork of anyone in the league, and he's used to playing with Dragic, who will run the point for Phoenix.
Scola was definitely over-payed in Houston, but he certainly wasn't someone who belonged on the amnesty wire, and Phoenix made that clear with this quick pickup.
The Suns' starting lineup for 2012-13 is beginning to take shape.
Dragic and Jared Dudley will run the guard positions while Scola and Marcin Gortat will be inserted at the 4 and 5. The small forward position is still unclear, with Michael Beasley and others competing for the spot.
While the Suns are still likely a fringe playoff team, this addition makes them much better on the offensive end and gives them solid frontcourt depth.
On the flip side, this could mean less minutes for second-year player Markieff Morris, who showed flashes of brilliance during his rookie season, putting up 7.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in under 20 minutes per contest.
It will be interesting to see how Phoenix's rotation plays out with Scola now reportedly in the mix.