Suns trade Scola to Pacers for Green, Plumlee and draft pick

PHOENIX - Hoping to continue his rebuilding project in Phoenix through the draft, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has traded forward Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers for forward Gerald Green, center Miles Plumlee and a lottery-protected 2014 draft pick.

Scola played his first five seasons with Houston, but ended up in Phoenix last summer after the Suns picked him up through the league's amnesty rule.

In a statement released today, Suns President of Basketball Operations, Lon Babhy said, "The trade is consistent with our stated plan to continue to acquire young assets. With this trade, we now have the potential for three first-round picks in the 2014 draft and five first-round picks in the next two drafts."

Scola appeared in all 82 games last season with the Suns, averaging 12.8 points per game, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Green, a 6'6" forward has played for six teams since 2005. He owns career averages of 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds playing for Boston, Minnesota, Houston, Dallas, New Jersey and Indiana. According to sources, Green's contract was an important part of the trade because of salary matching reasons.

Plumlee, a 6'11" center, was selected by the Pacers in the 2012 NBA draft but played in just 14 games for Indiana. Earlier this month, the former Duke center played on the Pacers summer league team, averaging 10 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3 blocks.

McDonough said in a statement, "We are excited to add Miles and Gerald to our young core group of players.  "Miles was one of the best players in the Orlando Summer League, and Gerald's scoring ability and athleticism will help us as we continue to build a team that plays an exciting, up tempo brand of basketball.

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