2010 NBA Free Agency: Why Luis Scola is the Forgotten One

July 11th, 2010 by Patrick Harrel Leave a reply »
In an offseason of exorbitant contracts, nearly every top free agent has been able to sign a contract to their liking as teams seem willing to overpay for top talent.

Amir Johnson received $33 million, Drew Gooden managed to get $32 million, Joe Johnson parlayed a terrible offseason into a $120 million contract, and even Darko Milicic walked away with $20 million. 

Surely a free agent power forward who had 16 points and almost nine rebounds per game in a featured role could find a $50 million deal out there somewhere, right? 

The answer is no. Despite his solid back-to-basket game, ability to space the floor with his mid-range shot, and his impressive rebounding skill, Luis Scola has only received middling interest from the New Jersey Nets and little to no other activity thus far in the free agent process. 

So why is Luis Scola receiving such little interest while other players are getting handed checks they never deserved?

The first reason is the team that holds his restricted free agent rights. 

Over the years, the Rockets have been notorious for keeping their restricted free agents, as lo ...

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