On Saturday the Pacers added yet another piece to their now much deeper bench by trading for forward Luis Scola. The Pacers sent power forward Miles Plumlee, small forward Gerald Green and a lottery-protected first round pick in 2014 to the Suns in return for Scola.
The 6-foot-9 Scola averaged 12.6 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game with the Suns last year. Scola, along with the additions of C.J. Watson and Chris Copeland, are all part of the Pacers new and much improved bench. The Argentinian has averaged 14.2 point per game and 7.5 rebounds per game over the course of his career and won a gold member with his home country in the 2004 Olympics. Scola is a skilled big man with a solid mid-range game. Although, Scola isn’t the greatest defensively, there’s no doubt he can score. In the 2010-11 season with Houston he had a career best average of 18.3 points per game.
After the Pacers lost to the Miami Heat in game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals they’ve spent this offseason making sure that they can get over the hump. The Pacers clearly look like a team that is trying to win now. With their latest piece, they are arguably the most improved team in the East, which is saying something considering they were one game shy of dispelling the NBA Champion Miami Heat.
The Pacers gave up 6-foot-8 small forward Green, who they signed last offseason. The athletic Green averaged 7.0 points per game including a 34 point game in a loss to Philadelphia. In addition to the Green, the Suns also get the Pacers’ first round pick from last year’s draft, Miles Plumlee. The 7-footer from Duke appeared in just 14 games for the Pacers averaging 0.9 points per game. Plumlee did look impressive in the Orlando Summer League this offseason, particularly on defense. The final piece in the deal is the Pacers’ lottery-protected first round pick, which in all likelihood will be towards the lower end of the first round.
Sending Plumlee and the first round pick to the Suns is a clear sign that the Pacers are going for it all right now.