Suns win bidding for Luis Scola

The Phoenix Suns have won the bidding for forward Luis Scola and used the amnesty clause to cut forward Josh Childress.

A fan favorite in Houston, the 6-foot-9 Scola averaged 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in five seasons with the Rockets. He grabbed 2,984 rebounds to rank ninth on Houston’s career list.

But the Rockets used the amnesty option to waive Scola on Friday. The rugged Scola, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is due about $21 million over the next three seasons, and the move means his remaining contract will not count against Houston’s salary cap or luxury tax.

Childress was acquired by the Suns in a sign-and-trade deal with Atlanta two years ago. He played in 34 games last season, averaging 2.9 points.