John Hollinger has a new piece up at ESPN.com breaking down many of the moves made by GM’s prior to this off-season. Hollinger points out that the teams that showed up to the party early (such as Boston, who retained Rajon Rondo for $55 million) have been perhaps the biggest winners in free agency thus far. It’s a good article and he makes some very good points, one of which delves into the extreme amount of cash being dished out so far this off-season. You have to wonder, with Amir Johnson and Channing Frye pulling down $30 million dollar deals (add Darko’s $20 million to that list as well), what is it going to take for the Rockets to retain Luis Scola? The Argentinian power forward is already 31, so the Rockets would likely want to re-sign him for a maximum of 3-4 years. But given the contracts that far inferior players have received thus far, will Scola push for a five-year deal worth more money? Something around five years at $50-60 million? It seems implausible, but with the way things have shaken up so far, Scola has the leverage with teams around the league. The Rockets ultimately have the final say on whether or not Scola leaves, but they’d prefer not to have to spend a truckload of cash to keep him.