I mean, this is total ownage by us in this trade. We get rid of a guy that doesn't want to play in the NBA right now for a good, young big man and probably the best player overseas. Both happen to play position that we desperately needed to address.
This is a win for us even if Scola doesn't come over (which I'm assuming he won't, despite what Morey thinks).
It's not bad deal at all for the Rockets. Butler is only 22 years old and he's a nice post player. Plus he's cheap and Spanoulis wouldn't be with the team anyway, so it's a win win for the Rockets.
I still don't know why Spurs would give up on Butler so quickly. It's not like he's making a lot of money and he still young. With Oberto and Elson possibly gone, and Splitter will probably stay in Europe, why not keep him around?
Elson still on contract and the Oberto resign is 99.9999% done (though I am not that impressed by him). That being said I mourn the loss of JB. I really thought he would be a Spurs regular in one more year. Honestly great trade by Houston IMO.
Great trade for the Rockets. Even if they don't bring Scola over this season, it's still a good trade. Butler will help too... I'm suprised the Spurs gave up on him so quickly too. Must of just not seen him in the Spurs future, holding the rights to Tiago Splitter, Ian Mahinmi, and Robertas Javtokas and all. I thought they would at least keep one of Jackie Butler or Melvin Ely though. Who knows what's up their sleaves. I don't doubt the Spurs' front office player-evaluation skills, but I hope the the team can finally get over that "repeat" hump.
Well I'm very excited about this deal, definitely. According to chron.com, the Rockets have every intention of bringing Scola over. Although he doesn't seem to be a great rebounder, he seems to bring intensity and aggresiveness to the front court. Suddenly our team is looking quite balanced with an core in it's prime.
C: Yao Ming / Dikembe Mutombo / Jackie Butler
PF: Luis Scola / Chuck Hayes / Steve Novak
SF: Shane Battier / Kirk Snyder / Steve Novak
SG: Tracy McGrady / Bonzi Wells / Luther Head
PG: Mike James / Rafer Alston / Aaron Brooks
Injured Reserve : Mike Harris, John Lucas III
Whoa who would of known we'd turn some crappy pieces into valuable trading pieces and get pretty tradeable contracts.
I expect the Rockets to give Scola all their MLE (I won't mind) and hopefully give Hayes the Bi-Annual Exception.