Marc Stein reported early this afternoon that the Bobcats are one team that is interested in putting in a bid to acquire Luis Scola. Scola was waived by the Houston Rockets via the amnesty clause as Houston’s continuous effort to clear cap space and take a shot at landing Dwight Howard this off-season.
More amnesty scuttle: I’m told Charlotte, New Orleans and Sacramento all have levels of Scola interest and weighing whether to lodge bids
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 14, 2012
A claim for Scola would have to cover the three seasons that he had left on his contract. In the first season a team would have to pay Scola at least $3 million and in the three seasons, combined, the deal would have to be worth a minimum of $10 million. Seems like a move the Bobcats would certainly be able to make considering how cheap Scola could be landed for. Scola is now 32 years old and a reasonable 3-year deal would make a lot of sense for Charlotte to bring in a player who would immediately become the teams starting PF and add more scoring punch to this roster. Last season, Scola started all 66 games for Houston and averaged 15.5 PPG & 6.4 RPG.
Cleveland, Sacramento, Cleveland and New Orleans are the other four team’s that apparently have interest. Only team’s that are under the cap can bid on an amnestied player, so the Bobcats definitely will have a realistic chance at getting Scola if they do decide to go ahead and put a claim in.