The Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns have completed a trade to send Luis Scola to Indiana in exchange for a lottery-protected 2014 first-round draft pick along with bench players Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee.
Scola, a 6-foot-9 forward will provide front court depth for the Pacers and will back up both power forward David West and center Roy Hibbert. The 33-year-old averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds last season for the Suns, appearing in all 82 games.
The rebuilding Suns acquired 27-year old Green and 24-year-old Miles Plumlee. Green, who has bounded around the NBA since getting selected 18th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2005 draft, averaged 7.0 points and 2.4 rebounds last season, shooting a lowly 36.6% from the field.
Plumlee appeared in just fourteen games for the Pacers last season, but the former Duke Blue Devil certainly has a lot of upside in the right situation and played well in the Summer League this year. He was the 26th overall pick in the 2012 draft, and helped lead Duke to a national championship in 2010.
After Tyler Hansbrough signed with the Toronto Raptors, the Pacers were in need of a quality big-man to come off the bench, and they got what they were looking for in Scola. The Argentinian native, who spent his first five years in the league with the Houston Rockets before coming to Phoenix last season, holds career averages of 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds a game, while shooting 50.4% from the field.
Scola, a second-round pick by the San Antonio Spurs in 2002, is looking forward to his time in Indiana.
“I’m very, very excited to play for the Pacers,” said Scola. “They are one of the top three teams in the NBA with a good shot to win a championship. I think it’s a great team and this is a great opportunity. I can’t wait.”