The Indiana Pacers have acquired Argentinian power forward Luis Scola from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and a lottery-protected 2014 first-round draft pick.
33-year-old Scola, who has a career average of 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds, will provide further depth to Indiana's formidable frontcourt as they look to challenge LeBron James and the Miami Heat's domination at the summit of the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers were denied a place in the NBA finals last season after they lost a thrilling seven-game series to the Heat, but will be confident of going one better this year with the experienced Scola set to feature alongside David West, Roy Hibbert and All-Star forward Paul George.
On the acquisition of Scola, Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said: "Luis will be a very important asset to our team and to our bench.
"He has NBA experience, international experience and is the type of player that will fit in nicely on our roster. I want to thank Gerald and Miles for their contributions. They had tough years last season, but worked hard, never complained and contributed to the great chemistry our team had."
While Scola's addition should further cement Indiana's status as Championship contenders, for Phoenix and general manager Ryan McDonough this move represents the latest phase of an ongoing re-building process. After posting a dismal 25-57 record last season, the Suns are clearly looking to the future after trading fans favourite Jared Dudley to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Caron Butler and explosive point guard Eric Bledsoe.
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