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Suns deal forward Scola to Pacers

Forward Luis Scola averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds last season.
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PHOENIX (AP)

The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers for forward Gerald Green, center Miles Plumlee and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick.

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“The trade is consistent with our stated plan to continue to acquire young assets,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “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, a 6-foot-9 forward from Argentina, played his first five NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets before coming to Phoenix a year ago when the Suns submitted the winning bid under the league's amnesty rule. He appeared in all 82 games for the Suns, averaging 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. It was the fifth time in his career that he's played in all games.

“Although Luis’s time here in Phoenix was short, he certainly ingratiated himself to all of us in Phoenix with his hard work and professionalism, Babby said. "He will be an important contributor to a contending team in Indiana.”

The 6-foot-8 Green has played for six teams since coming to the NBA in 2005. The 6-11 Plumlee was selected in the first round by the Pacers last year, the 26th selection overall, but appeared in only 14 games.

“We are excited to add Miles and Gerald to our young core group of players,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough. “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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