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Pacers bolster frontline with trade for Scola

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The Indiana Pacers strengthened their frontcourt by acquiring Phoenix Suns power forward Luis Scola on Saturday.

The Pacers will send center Miles Plumlee, forward Gerald Green and a lottery-protected 2014 first-round pick to the Suns for the 33-year-old Scola.

The 6-foot-9, 245 pounds, Scola joins Roy Hibbert and David West on the Pacers frontline.

"I'm very, very excited to play for the Pacers," Scola said. "They are one of the top three teams in the NBA with a good shot to win a championship. I think it's a great team and this is a great opportunity. I can't wait."

Scola averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season for the Suns. He has two years and $9 million left on his contract.

Before joining the Suns before this past season, Scola played five seasons with the Houston Rockets.. He has career averages of 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Plumlee, a 6-foot-11, 255-pound center was selected by the Pacers with the 26th pick in the first round of the2012 NBA Draft. He played in only 14 games last year with the Pacers.

Green is a six-year veteran, who was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 18th pick in 2005.
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