Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted the news about the negotiations between the Pacers and Suns heating up.
Phoenix and Indiana are engaged in serious talks about a trade that would send Luis Scola to the Pacers, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 27, 2013
The veteran Scola would add some much-needed depth for the Pacers front court. With the departure of Tyler Hansbrough, it appeared the Pacers may roll the dice and give more PF minutes to second-year big man Miles Plumlee. This trade would change everything and improve the Pacers bench in a hurry while also adding some versatility to the playing rotation with Scola and Chris Copeland both available off the bench.
Scola is 33 and has primarily been a starter in his career, averaging 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds. Last year, Scola started 66 of the 82 games he played in for Phoenix, averaging 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. Scola has a crafty offensive game with the ability to score and pass from the post.
Certainly seems like a nice addition, but who will the Pacers send to Phoenix? According to Marc Stein, Danny Granger is not part of the trade talks.
Original tweet from @juansebastia in Argentina had Scola going to INDY by tomorrow. Follow-up report that Granger in deal strongly shot down— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 27, 2013
Two current Pacers that would fit, salary wise are Gerald Green and Ian Mahinmi. I've often said that the Pacers should be able to find a market for Gerald Green with certain teams looking ahead to the loaded 2014 NBA draft. Phoenix fits the profile perfectly, so stay tuned.
Scola will make $4.5 million this year with an one year at $4.8 million remaining on his deal, but that final year is not guaranteed, according to ShamSports. Larry Bird said earlier this week that he wasn't done trying to improve his team and they were always looking at ways to do so. Sounds like that work is close to paying off.