Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 7/13/12

The Rockets want you to notice them. They really do.

That is about the only way you can explain the cry for attention Houston has subjected itself to this offseason so far. From amassing draft picks, to reportedly signing Jeremy Lin to an offer sheet, to going after Dwight Howard, the Rockets have been active. But for what purpose?

This was a team after all that missed the Playoffs by two games and has been knocking on the door of the postseason for some time now. Of course it is long recognized that the place you don't want to be in the NBA is purgatory -- good enough to compete for a playoff spot, but not bad enough to get a high draft pick.

The Rockets are continuing rebuilding themselves in some fashion.

Houston reportedly will exercise its amnesty waiver on Luis Scolaon Friday, parting ways with the team's starting forward and the $30.7 million over the next three years remaining on his contract (the final year is not fully guaranteed and at least $21 million over the next three years is guaranteed). Scola is sure to draw interest from around the league in amnesty bidding as he averaged 15.5 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game last year (those numbers were actually a step back for the 31-year-old center).

The rumor of course is that this waiver is occurring to make room for Dwight Howard and several of the Magic's bad contracts in a potential trade. It was not lost on many people when the Rockets official Twitter page followed Howard, Chris Duhon, Jason Richardson, Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu in quick succession.

That only further stoked speculation.

Then came the report with some actual meat -- i.e. an offer-- on it. Marc Stein and Chad Ford of ESPN.com report that the Rockets appear to be letting Scola walk so they could absorb the hefty salaries of Chris Duhon ($6.8 million/2 years), Hedo Turkoglu ($23.8 million/2 years), Jason Richardson ($18.6 million/3 years), Quentin Richardson ($5.4 million/2 years) and/or Glen Davis ($19.4 million/3 years).

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