The Indiana Pacers gave the Miami Heat all they could handle, before ultimately falling in the Eastern Conference Finals this past spring. Saturday the “Indianapolis Star” reported that the franchise strengthened their front-court and their bench acquiring big man Luis Scola from the Phoenix Suns. The Pacers sent Phoenix, forward Gerald Green, second-year big man Miles Plumlee and a Lottery protected first-round draft choice in the 2014 NBA Draft. The native of Argentina, is expected to play off the bench in the upcoming campaign, giving center Roy Hibbert or forward David West a breather during the action.
Scola has primarily been a starter in his six-seasons in the Association, playing his first five years with the Houston Rockets, before the team released him via the NBA Amnesty Clause last summer. He has averaged 14.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest in his NBA career. The big man said in a statement on Saturday “I’m very, very excited to play for the Pacers. 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.”
Pacers President Larry Bird also issued a statement on the deal. Bird said “(Scola) has NBA experience, international experience and is the type of player that will fit in nicely on our roster. I want to thank Gerald and Miles for their contributions. They had tough years last season, but worked hard, never complained and contributed to the great chemistry our team had. I think Gerald and Miles will be solid additions in Phoenix and we wish them well.”