Posted July 27, 2013

Indiana Pacers acquire Luis Scola from Phoenix Suns in three-player trade

NBA
(Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Forward Luis Scola averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns have completed a trade to send power forward Luis Scola to Indiana for a lottery-protected 2014 first-round draft pick and bench players Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee, according to a Pacers press release.

Scola, who averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game last season, will serve as the Pacers’ primary big man off the bench, backing up starters Roy Hibbert and David West.

The 33-year-old Argentina native has career averages of 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds as almost exclusively a starter for the Suns in 2012-13 and the Rockets for the first five years of his career.

From the press release:

“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.”

“Luis will be a very important asset to our team and to our bench,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “He has NBA experience, international experience and is the type of player that will fit in nicely on our roster.”

Green, 27, averaged 7.0 points on just 36.6 percent shooting in 60 games last season, while Plumlee, the 26th overall pick in the 2012 draft, played just 56 total minutes during his rookie year.

Scola has two years and $9 million left on his contract, while Green is signed for two years, $7 million and Plumlee remains on a $1-plus-million rookie deal.

MAHONEY: Top understated signings of free agency

MANNIX: NBA draft 2014: Loaded class offers hope to rebuilding teams


13 comments
nola70118
nola70118

Interesting.  As a longtime Hornets (now Pelicans) fan, I'm a big David West supporter.  DWest has literally owned Scola head-to-head his entire career.  Maybe West will teach him a few tricks now!

igorthebarbarian
igorthebarbarian

Now  the Suns just need to trade Gortat and go further into tank-mode.

6marK6
6marK6

I like the Pacers next year, a lot!

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

The Pacers have acquired their version of Chris Bosh with more Grit... While Bosh is guarding Scola , who will be guarding West and Hibbert.   Pat "the genius" Riley,  that question is for you. Pat had three years with the best player in the league and Pat only had one job, 

Get inside help !!!   the players did the rest.

Don't be surprise if the Pacers blow past the Heat in 5 games next year.  

Pat this proves deals are out their , you have to get off your butt, it's not about getting the best players , it's about getting players who fit your team. I do not understand why Pat holds on to players that are on the bench in critical games.. Guys like Norris Cole, Jones, Anthony and others who never played in the final few games, why hold on to players who are not helping your team.

hoosierpride
hoosierpride

Pacers continue to improve. Scola brings physicality and will score more than Hansborough. Pacers are real threats to out muscle the Heat and win the East. Point guard play will be the key.

JohnBunch
JohnBunch

@hoosierpride Agree. Huge Pacers fan...I'd like to see Paul cut way down on to's (quit trying to split 2 defenders now that you're 6'8'ish and not 6'6"!!!) and see Lance continue his improvement and become more consistent. If so, with Lance leading fastbreaks and Paul and George bringing the ball up for half-court sets, I think we can get by IFFFFFFFF we bring the to's WAY down. Scola's mid-range game excites me and he's just as tenacious as Psycho and gets in guys' heads in different ways. Interested to see the second team, which is pretty darn good now. You want Lance back on bench and Granger in starting lineup if he's healthy? Not sure myself...love Lance's game, but he could be a Vinnie Johnson type second teamer if he goes to the bench.

doghockey
doghockey

@nyjets011269 At an article about Luis Scola you decide to air your fantasies about Lebron James.  Wow.   Good luck with that.

Kuro1
Kuro1

@JohnBunch @hoosierpride As a long time Pacer fan, I am looking forward to how this team will play together. So many possibilities... Scola adds experience, inside rebounding and scoring with a deadly mid-range shot.  I believe the most significant advantage that the bench can add is to take 4 to 5 minutes a game off of the starters. This should allow everyone to be in peak condition for the playoffs. The experience and leadership that Scola will add is immeasurable. A very shrewd move by Larry and Kevin.  

nyjets011269
nyjets011269

@doghockey Don't address me about LeBron.  I'm not the one who brought LeBron into the conversation.