The Indiana Pacers have agreed to send Miles Plumlee, Gerald Green and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for forward Luis Scola.
The 33-year-old veteran power forward from Argentina has averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds a game in his six seasons. He averaged 12.8 points a game last season for the Suns, and his shooting percentage (47.2%) was a career low.
Although Miles Plumlee played well in the Orlando Summer League and looked ready to battle for a position in camp, the Pacers have decided to make a move and trade to “win now”. Larry Bird has always had high interest and praise for Luis Scola ever since he was drafted in 2005. Scola’s NBA experience, international experience, and veteran presence are just a couple of reasons why Scola was such a high target on Bird’s list. Scola is a skilled low post scorer with a deadly mid-range jumper and a solid rebounder. Although he is not known for his defense, Scola is a major upgrade over Tyler Hansbrough and Jeff Pendergraph and is easily a starter on any team in the league. Scola’s game and skill set is very similar to David West. Scola brings the frontcourt scoring off the bench that the Pacers desperately needed last season and will make the Pacers even more of a threat in the Eastern Conference.
Chris Fultz is a Senior Writer and the Butler Athletics beat writer for the Indiana Sports Report. Chris Fultz is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler University Athletics and has full media access.
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