Luis Scola excited to be with Phoenix Suns
Upon returning to the U.S. following the games, Scola will also have to get used to playing for a new NBA franchise after the Phoenix Suns won an auction for his services after the Houston Rockets exercised their amnesty rights on him.
Scola was introduced to the local media Tuesday via conference call, and admitted he didn't think he'd end up in Phoenix.
"I was a little surprised because there was a lot of talking between other teams that were supposedly going to bid and I was expecting one of them -- Cleveland and Dallas were two teams that called us and they were very aggressive saying they were going to bid," Scola said. "I never heard anything from Phoenix so I wasn't expecting anything from Phoenix. When they called me, I was a little surprised."
The Suns may have been surprised themselves when learning they won the bid, considering the bargain price at which they were able to land the 32-year-old forward.
Arizona Sports 620's John Gambadoro reported Monday that Scola would be paid $4.1 million, $4.4 million and $4.9 million over the next three seasons, although only $440,000 of that third-year figure is guaranteed.
Scola, a five-year NBA veteran, averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in 2011-12 and has been a fixture in the Houston starting lineup since his arrival in the U.S. in 2007.
"I am not a young guy; I'm 32 years old so my game is pretty much what it is right now. Hopefully I can a little better and polish some stuff and continue to be productive along the years," he said. "What you saw in my career is pretty much what I am right now. The same things that I brought to Houston is what I'm bringing to Phoenix."
Scola is familiar with Phoenix, having played against them 16 times in his Houston career, averaging 14.9 points and nearly seven rebounds per game against the Suns.
"I think this is a great situation. We've got a good team, I get to play with Goran (Dragic) again and I've always liked Gortat's game and I think he could be a big help to me," Scola said. "I felt from the calls that we had with the people in the Phoenix Suns organization that they're happy with me and that they want me there, and that's a good thing.
"I'm happy, I'm excited. The more I think about it, the more I wanted to go there and play."
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