Rockets Looking To Trade Scola, Martin, Lowry

6/30/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

February 17, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola (4) scores a layup in the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIREThe Houston Rockets are reportedly seeking a trade partner who would like to make a deal for Argentine power forward Luis Scola. The team has also made shooting guard Kevin Martin and point guard Kyle Lowry available for interested trade partners.

This comes as not much of a surprise. The Rockets just drafted two big forwards in Royce White and Terrence Jones, and Scola would take minutes away from the two young prospects. They also drafted shooting guard Jeremy Lamb who would be forced to share time with Kevin Martin. Kyle Lowry is a solid player signed for two more years at a reasonable price ($11.9 million total), but my guess is they'd like to package him with the other two players and bring back a star.

There should be some interested teams in all of these players. Scola is 32 years old, but has only taken the wear and tear of 5 NBA seasons. Though his numbers took a dip last year, he averaged 15.7 points (on 51.5% shooting), 8.5 rebounds, and 2 assists over the three previous seasons. He's a hard worker who gives you a little bit of everything on offense. He's creative in the post and gets shots up efficiently.
Feb 28, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard Kevin Martin (12) shoots over Toronto Raptors point guard Jerryd Bayless (5) during the third quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US Presswire
Kevin Martin has been in the NBA for 8 years for only one reason: he can straight up score. His career averages of 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, .9 steals, and .1 blocks are certainly not flattering, but 18.4 career points per game is a number that should have any team interested. Before dipping down to 17.1 points per game last season (in part due to taking 2.4 less shots per game), he averaged 23.5 points per game for the Rockets in 2010-11. For 5 straight seasons he consistently averaged at least 20 points per game. I would expect him to bounce back to 20 this season, should he fall into the right situation. If you're in need of scoring, pick up the phone, call the Rockets, and ask what they want for Kevin Martin.

Kyle Lowry has really started getting his game going the past two seasons, his 5th and 6th seasons in the league. Over those two seasons he averaged 13.8 points, 6.6 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game. He's not a great starting point guard, but he would be an excellent backup, especially for a team with an aging veteran starter who can't always play big minutes.

Each of these players has something to contribute in this league, and teams should be interested in seeing how they could acquire these guys. Expect the Rockets to be one of the more exciting teams to follow this summer.
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