Last night, my twitter feed was full of NBA columnists putting out reports that the Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns are engaged in a deal to bring Luis Scola to the Pacers. No word on who is heading out of this Pacers team, but a name like Gerald Green seems to be the most likely guy. He’s someone the Pacers brought in last summer, and actually signed for three years. But after one year of inconsistent play, the fans were ready to say good bye to him. He was a guy that could make the athletic play every so often, and looked decent in small bunches. But he wasn’t close to that guy that averaged around 12 points for the Nets just a season before he came to the Pacers.
If the Pacers land Luis Scola, that shores up the power forward position as they’ve lost two big guys in Jeff Pendergraph and Tyler Hansbrough in that spot. Scola was around 13 points and 7 rebounds a game last season, which would be a great boost to the bench if he can get that type of production. He should be in a great position to relieve some minutes for David West, who logged plenty of that last season. The word on Scola is he’s a guy that can do those little things for you, and he’s proven himself to be a winner thanks to the Argentine national team. I think bringing him is an upgrade for the power forward position, and could prove worth the investment of him.
This move probably includes some draft picks, which I hate to see go away, but that’s something you do when you think you’re getting quality back. The Pacers have been wanting to deal away Gerald Green and if they can bring in a player like Scola, they have to pull the trigger. Who knows if he’s that final piece of the puzzle to win the championship, but from early reports, he looks to be a great piece to add.