Although the Houston Rockets were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers in six games, they are obviously not that far away.
With two stars, Dwight Howard and James Harden in the fold and solid role players like Terrence Jones, Chandler Parsons and Patrick Beverley, the Rockets only need a player or two to truly become one of the league’s elite teams.
If it was completely up to Rockets’ head coach Kevin McHale, we now know what player the Rockets would target.
According to the great Zach Lowe of Grantland, McHale is a big fan of Scola and he would love to reacquire the veteran power forward, asking Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey if they can bring him back.
There are so many interesting characters in this series. Take Scola. It has been a rough couple of years for him. He was in the aborted Chris Paul trade before Houston amnestied him, and he has been a bit of a disappointment in Indiana. The Suns straight-up robbed Indy in the Scola trade, even if the teams approached the deal with opposite priorities.
But Scola is a true basketball character, a superstar on the international stage for the legendary Argentina team that dethroned Team USA early in the 2000s. Teammates and coaches revere him. Battier cited him this weekend as one of his favorite teammates, and Daryl Morey said Kevin McHale is still asking if the Rockets could reacquire Scola.
Scola, 34, averaged 7.6 points, 4.8 and 1.0 assists in 17.1 minutes per game this season.
The Rockets used the amnesty clause to waive Scola so they cannot reacquire him until his current contract is up.