Pacers pick up Scola in Phoenix trade

Argy bargy: Scola ready to fight for Indiana

Argy bargy: Scola ready to fight for Indiana

Indiana Pacers have added Luis Scola to their roster after sending Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and a future first round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns.

The Argentine leaves Phoenix after just a single season where he averaged 12.8 points per game along with 6.6 rebounds starting 67 of their 82 games and is relishing a new challenge.

Scola previously spent five years with the Houston Rockets and following a solid rookie season, the 6’9″ forward has registered 1,000+ points in each season since with an NBA career average of 14.2 ppg.

The 33 year-old was selected by San Antonio as a second round draft pick in 2002 but would not make his NBA debut until 2007 with Houston after spending the time in Spain with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia. During that time, Scola won seven trophies and was named on the All-EuroLeague first team in 2006 and 2007.

Nationally, Scola has won almost everything there is to win with Argentina- from Olympic gold in 2004 to Americas Championship MVP on three occasions and a place on the All-World Championship team in 2010. The Argentines could only manage a fourth placed finish at last year’s Olympic games in London where Scola was a key scorer along with Manu Ginobili.

Indiana can be a real force next seasons thanks to some handy moves in the off-season with Chris Copeland another handy recruit to join Lance Stephenson on the bench. Danny Granger virtually missed the entire 2012-13 season and will feel like a new signing to the Pacers while Frank Vogel will have been delighted to re-sign David West.

As for the Suns, three straight seasons without making the post-season is unlikely to improve as they continue their re-building process having lost Steve Nash to the Lakers last season.

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