The Rockets have extended qualifying offers to 29-year old power forward Luis Scola and 24-year old point guard Kyle Lowry. This gives the Rockets the chance to match any offer either of these guys get in free agency. Scola played in 82 games (all starts) for the Rockets last season and he averaged 32.6 minutes, 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He has now played in 246 games (203 starts) in his three years with the Rockets and he has averaged 29.2 minutes, 13.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. The Rockets will likely match any offer Scola gets. Kyle Lowry is a very solid backup point guard. He played in 68 games (0 starts) for the Rockets last season and he averaged 24.3 minutes, 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Lowry has now played in 237 games (30 starts) in his four years in the NBA and he has averaged 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.0 steal per game. The Rockets would like to keep Lowry but if someone pays him like a starter they likely won’t match it.
UPDATE: (7/16/2010) – The Rockets have signed Luis Scola to a 5-year, $47 million dollar deal. This was a smart move for the Rockets to lock up Scola before a team made him even a bigger offer.