The Indiana Pacers are closing to acquiring veteran power forward Luis Scola.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the Pacers and Phoenix Suns were nearing a deal last night.
According to Wojnarowski the Suns made the veteran available because of their desire to rebuild around young talent (including guard Eric Bledsoe and rookie center Alex Len, who they acquired last month) and “Indiana has been pursuing Scola for several weeks.”
Scola will likely get the minutes vacated by Tyler Hansbrough, who signed with the Toronto Raptors.
Last season, Scola played in all 82 games, averaging 12.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He shot 47.2% from the field and 78.7% from the free throw line.
Scola, 33, was originally drafted with the 27th pick of the second round in the 2002 draft by the San Antonio Spurs. He spent his first five NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets before the Rockets decided to waive him via the amnesty clause last season. The Suns then won the amnesty auction for Scola. For his career, Scola has averaged 14.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He’s shot 50.4% from the field and 75.0% from the charity stripe.
If you want to read more about the Pacers, my colleague Jalen Bishop discussed their offseason and previewed their 2013-14 season here.
UPDATE: According to Scola’s publicist in Argentina, the deal will officially be announced Saturday (via ESPN’s Marc Stein).
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