Rockets Will Amnesty Luis Scola To Clear Room For Potential Dwight Howard Trade, According To Report

April 21, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Luis Scola (4) lays a shot in over Golden State Warriors small forward Richard Jefferson (44) during the first quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

The Argentinian power forward has three years and $21 million left on his deal with Houston, but will reportedly be let go as the Rockets continue to pursue a trade for Dwight Howard.

The Houston Rockets will amnesty power forward Luis Scola, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Scola still has three years and $21 million left on his deal with the Rockets, but Wojnarowski reports that the team will inform the NBA on Friday that they are using the amnesty provision in the league's collective bargaining agreement to rid themselves of the Argentinian's contract.

Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey is reportedly using the provision on Scola to clear further cap space as an asset in the team's continued pursuit of a trade with the Orlando Magic that would net them coveted center Dwight Howard. With Scola off the books, the Rockets will be able to take on additional hefty contracts that the Magic would love to unload with Howard:

Removing Scola's contract from the books would also give Houston room to provide Howard with another top-flight running buddy, as Wojnarowski notes:

It's yet another aggressive play by Morey, as Scola is one of the most productive players to be amnestied since the provision became available in the new CBA crafted during last year's lockout. Wojnarowski expects the Dallas Mavericks -- who expressed immediate interest in Elton Brand after it was reported last week that he would be amnestied by the Philadelphia 76ers -- will make a strong push for Scola:

For more on the Houston Rockets and their pursuit of Dwight Howard, visit The Dream Shake and SB Nation Houston.

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