So it looks as though the Rockets are trying to unload yet even more salary for draft picks in their never-ending quest to pick up Dwight Howard. You have to wonder why the hell Dwight would stay there if the Rockets give up almost every decent player on the roster (and future draft picks) just to pick him up, but hey. Let them do what they please. Luis Scola's name specifically has been in the news the last couple days
I readily admit that I'm no guru when it comes to the salary cap or the new CBA. Having said that, there are scenarios using the trade machine that would bring Luis Scola to the Pacers (although it may put the Pacers over the cap, as they haven't adjusted it yet for Roy's new contact).
This one would make the most sense for both teams: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=7mh8s5a
Pacers get: Luis Scola
Why the Pacers do it: We have a definite need for a backup PF. The length of Scola's contract, at 3 years, makes him a possible replacement should David West choose to leave at the end of the year. George Hill's new contract, and Lance Stephenson having only one year left for a trial run, make Collison expendable. We give up a lot, but with the way the free agency period has gone so far, improving the team through trade is probably our best option. Giving up a draft pick which will be somewhere in the mid to late 20s is worth it.
Why the Rockets do it: Goran Dragic is gone, and Collison could backup Kyle Lowry at the point. Tyler Hansbrough is basically a throw-in to make the numbers work. Most importantly to the Rockets, they dump more salary than they receive, both contracts are up at the end up of the year, and they add another draft pick to their bounty.
Like I said, this may not even be possible-- Roy's new contract, and the need to resign PG may make it impossible. What say you?