By Michael De Leon, Project Spurs.com
NBA minds far and wide consider the San Antonio Spurs front office to be the best in the league since the late 90s. But ask any tried and true Spurs fan and they'll always point to the one that got away. Luis Scola.
Regardless of the Spurs front office being able to handpick international talent like Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tiago Splitter and Nando De Colo, making gutsy moves to bring in key players like Kawhi Leonard or turning under-the-radar free agent signings into role players like Danny Green, trading away the rights to Luis Scola to Houston will always be unforgivable to some fans.
But according to a recent column by Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs' hand may have been forced to trade Scola after they received advice to sign free agent Jackie Butler in 2006 from former ESPN scribe and stat geek John Hollinger, who is now the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, who recently traded away forward Rudy Gay.
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