According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Phoenix Suns are working out the details of a deal with the Indiana Pacers to trade for swingman Gerald Green and draft considerations. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that Scola was about to be moved, and later added Phoenix will “minimally” receive a future first.
The draft considerations are still under negotiation but it appears the move will be done by Saturday, according to Stein. Danny Granger appeared in some earlier reports of the trade but apparently won’t be a part of them.
Scola averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds last season for Phoenix, and off the court appeared frustrated with the constant struggles. Going to a contender like Indiana seems like a perfect fit for the Pacers, who need frontcourt depth, and for Scola, who will prove his offensive worth in relatively limited minutes — the fine defense of his Pacers teammates will hide his deficiencies.
Green was signed last offseason to a contract that has two more years at $3.5 million each remaining. He was coming off a strong season with a very bad Nets team but couldn’t fit in with Indiana. Green might still be one of the most athletic players in the NBA, but his chucking became a problem for Indiana coach Frank Vogel. Green averaged 7.0 points and 2.4 rebounds a game last season but shot 36 percent overall and 31 percent from three-point range.
At 27 years old, the former dunk contest standout will likely have a tough time cracking the Suns’ rotation considering all the younger talent ahead of him. But he obviously fits into Ryan McDonough’s philosophies for a team to push the ball in transition. They also have history. Green was picked 18th overall in the 2005 draft by the Boston Celtics.
Whatever Green’s case may be, the best part of the deal for Phoenix comes in whatever draft consideration might come with Green, no matter how small.