Phoenix Suns forward Luis Scola will become an Indiana Pacer, according to his publicist in Argentina.
Juan Sebastia, who runs Scola’s website, tweeted Friday night in Spanish that a trade to send the Argentinian big man to the Pacers would be officially announced Saturday. ESPN’s Marc Stein was able to follow up.
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
In return, the Suns will most likely receive Gerald Green and future draft considerations. The trade now gives the Pacers a very formidable frontcourt rotation that involves the likes of Roy Hibbert, David West, Danny Granger, and Scola. The Pacers made it clear since their Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals that they will try to do anything they can to close the gap.
Scola spent his first 5 NBA seasons with the Rockets and became a fan favorite on and off the court. He was waived via the amnesty-provision last summer and spent this past season with the Suns, averaging 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. Scola has averaged 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in 6 NBA seasons.
Last season, the Rockets played a tribute video for Scola when the Suns visited the Toyota Center.