If the writing were not already on the wall for Luis Scola this offseason, the Houston Rockets confirmed it with a post-NBA Draft phone call: His days as a Rocket were numbered.

While Scola was surprised to leave Houston via the amnesty clause instead of a trade, he soon received another surprise — a pleasant one — in learning he'd been picked up by the Phoenix Suns.

"When I found out it was Phoenix I was a little surprised because there was a lot of talking between some other teams that supposedly were going to bid," Scola said during a conference call Tuesday. "I started thinking, and I think it's a great situation. ... The more I think about it, the more I want to go there and play."

Scola, a 6-foot-9 forward who is currently prepping for the Olympics with the Argentinean national team, had heard most from the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers, with both telling him they would bid for his services. The Suns never seemed like a possibility, probably in part because they already had a crowded frontcourt.