The Suns have finally announced what had already been decided last night, that Scola has been traded to the Indiana Pacers in return for Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee, and a lottery protected 2014 first-round pick.
This is a fantastic trade and all about positioning. The Pacers are a contending team in the East. Their bench wasn’t very good. Phoenix had Luis Scola, who is a talented veteran and deserved better than to be stuck on a team at the bottom of the Western Conference last season. The Suns are able to do Scola the favor of trading him to a contender (like Dudley) and get young, athletic players and a draft pick back.
Phoenix was already going to trade Scola at some point, because he was too old to fit into their future plans. He also wouldn’t fit too well into Hornacek’s up-tempo style.
The players we received in the trade will fit into the roster pretty well. They are young, athletic players on relatively cheap contracts. The important aspect is the draft pick.
Phoenix now holds the potential for three first round draft picks (if Indiana and Minnesota make the playoffs) in possibly one of the best drafts in NBA history.
The 6’8” Gerald Green is one of the best high-flyers in the game and would probably play a back-up SF role sometime in the future or just be traded or waived sometime.
The 6’11” Miles Plumlee is intriguing. He was dominant during summer league play, averaging 10 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. He could be the back-up center to Alex Len after the Suns are able to trade Gortat. Plumlee could also be just a throw-in for a trade or waived later, but could be an excellent back-up. This move makes me think that Gortat will be moved sooner, rather than later (against my advice).
However, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough sure knows what he’s doing. He is going to have a multitude of draft picks and exciting players in the next couple years to build a team that can contend in a few seasons.