Mar 27, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Phoenix Suns power forward Luis Scola (14) is defended by Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) during the first quarter at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
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.