The Dallas Mavericks have already expressed interest in Scola, a league source confirmed to me. While the Mavericks are also pursuing Elton Brand, Scola appears to be the backup plan. Of course, the Mavericks have Dirk Nowitzki to play the power forward position, but aren’t really deep in the front-court.
Scola has three years and $21 million left on his current contract. This move shows that the Rockets are making this move in an attempt to clear salary cap space. It appears that the Rockets are going all-in for Dwight Howard, who could come to Houston in a trade. However, no trade is imminent, but the Rockets are definitely putting themselves in a great position. Even if they do acquire Howard, they would still have room for another max deal next summer, potentially Chris Paul if he decides to come to Houston. Moreover, the Rockets can now provide salary cap relief for teams and also offer promising prospects in return for a player like Howard.
The Mavericks are expected to pursue Scola if they fail to sign Brand, but may go with Scola, who could be the cheaper option, anyway. Other teams are also expected to go after Scola, who is versatile and played relatively well last season. However, Scola isn’t getting any younger, and he might have to settle for the mini-mid level exception, or the mid-level exception.