April 8, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola (4) looks to spin past Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson (34) in the first quarter at the Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Stein: Sacramento Kings Interested In Luis Scola Amnesty Waiver

Right off the bat, this needs to be taken with a grain of salt:

More amnesty scuttle: I’m told Charlotte, New Orleans and Sacramento all have levels of Scola interest and weighing whether to lodge bids

Yes, the Sacramento Kings struggle to bring in talent outside of the NBA Draft, so getting a player like Luis Scola from a pure talent standpoint would be a significant coup. However, there’s a lot that needs to happen for the Kings to have a shot at Scola and even if they did, they’d be running into quite the logjam in the frontcourt.

The first hurdle in any acquisition of Luis Scola is the fact that the bid for the former Rocket would have to be greater than $3 million for the season and then cover at least $10 million over the final three seasons because of his former contract. The second and just as difficult hurdle is that the final year of Scola’s deal is only guaranteed if he meets minimum statistical numbers he’s not expected to match which makes his final year null and void, assuming the said team doesn’t want to exercise that option. So how does that hurt the cash strapped Kings? In short, a team who’s not as frugal as the Kings could opt to make a higher opening bid, still meeting that minimum $10 million dollar threshold and opt to cut ties in Scola’s non-guaranteed third year, something we all would have a hard time seeing the Maloofs doing. Lastly, you wonder how Scola would fit in the current crowded Kings frontcourt, not to mention the usual lack of spending we see from the Maloof family.

The Kings front office has probably kicked the tires on the idea, but realistically – I don’t think it’s a very likely scenario for all of the reasons stated above.

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