The Suns’ return in dealing Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers will be better than anyone expected. As reported late Friday night, Phoenix will receive swingman Gerald Green from the Pacers but...

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Reports of the Phoenix Suns' Luis Scola trade began out of Argentina through Scola's PR representative, sending American NBA media into a scramble to identify the other pieces involved in the deal.

I turned directly to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, figuring he would have the best scoop, but even Woj was unclear of the pieces involved. Twitter world exploded both in Argentina and the US with speculation that the Suns would acquire Danny Granger in a larger deal. That was partially based on the assumption the Pacers were getting a quality player, and the only available quality player they wanted to trade was Granger. But Granger is 30 years old, coming off a missed season due to bad knees and is an inefficient mid range shooter.

On a side note, I am thrilled for Luis Scola. That man is built for playoff basketball, not rebuilding teams. He's a complimentary piece who can be a glue guy willing to throw his body around and get under the skin of the opponent. He's not okay with losing, not okay with being surrounded by kids still learning their way around a basketball court, and not okay with teaching them how to play. Also, he's not a building block.

Scola is not going to win you any basketball games by himself. He's a terrible defender and inconsistent offensive player who is best as a compliment to better players around him. He is a great guy who just wants be a part of winning, and with Indiana he can do that.

After a while when Granger talk didn't take hold, folks settled for the idea that it must be a smaller deal for a salary that matched (for CBA purposes) Scola's: $4.5 million per year for 2 years. Only Gerald Green (2 yrs left, $3.5 million per year) and Ian Mahinmi (3 yrs left, $4 million per year) fit that bill on Indiana's roster.

Quickly, the chatter on the Suns side went sour. While all were excited for Scola to move on to brighter pastures, no one wanted to take more money and a lesser player back.

But it looks like the Suns front office knows what it's doing these days.

According to a late edit on Woj's article, the Suns are getting AT LEAST a future first round pick and draft or cash considerations to take on Green's more expensive contract and lesser value.

While the deal was still being finalized overnight, the Pacers will minimally send the Suns a future first-round draft pick, as well as possible additional draft and cash considerations to go along with guard Gerald Green, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

In this light, the Scola/Green trade takes on a familiar hue: asset grabbing.

The asset grabbing began in earnest last summer in the first true rebuilding year, led by President Lon Babby. They acquired two first rounders and two second rounders from the Los Angeles Lakers (2013-2015) for Steve Nash. Then it was a protected first rounder (sometime between 2013-2016) and Wesley Johnson for Robin Lopez. At the trade deadline, it was a high second round pick and Hamed Haddadi for Sebastian Telfair. And in the draft, it was the #29 pick and Malcolm Lee for #30. The trades were always about the draft picks, while any player coming back was just the filler.

Keeping track, that was a net gain of four picks (the Suns sent out two late seconds in the trades) for the cost of otherwise outgoing Nash, Telfair and Lopez.

Credit must be given where credit is due:

  • President Lon Babby acquired all those extra picks before the end of last season
  • Managing Partner Robert Sarver paid a lot of "dead" salary in players to acquire those picks. In 2012-13 he paid $17 million to Smilin' Wes, Haddadi, Scola and the amnestied Josh Childress to make cap room to absorb more contracts. In 2013-14, he's already committed to paying $20 million to Butler, Green, Lee and the amnestied Childress. None of those guys is part of the Suns future, but Sarver paid those salaries to make the picks happen.
  • New GM Ryan McDonough, of course, and his team of scouts

The Suns have already started cashing in those picks for a larger net gain. Last month, they took Archie Goodwin with one of the Lakers picks and used the Telfair pick along with Jared Dudley to deal for Eric Bledsoe three weeks ago. In addition, the extra picks allowed the Suns to spend their own second-rounder this year to take a flyer on second-year lotto pick Marcus Morris.

Now the Suns are restocking those coffers as soon as they're spending. Trading Scola to Indiana will net them at least another first round pick in the coming years.

That's now SIX first round picks in the next three seasons (assuming the Pacer pick is 2016 or earlier), nearly $20 million in expiring contracts coming off the books next summer, SIX players 23 or younger on the roster and two players (Dragic and Gortat) who can start on a playoff team.

The Suns quickly have a lot of enticing assets to package together in some larger trade when the time is right.

At the least, the Suns still have to address Marcin Gortat's situation, and they have to trim some NBA caliber players off their roster before the season starts. This would have to be a many-to-one trade at some point, unless McDonough sends 3-4 of them out in player-for-pick trades one at a time, netting more assets.

This could be a quick rebuild after all.

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Update! now it's a 2014 protected pick, Miles Plumlee AND Gerald Green per Amick and Stein.

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Still no word if Kendall Marshall has been given a plane ticket too Phoenix to continue working out and remaking his shot.

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Reports of the Phoenix Suns' Luis Scola trade began out of Argentina through Scola's PR representative, sending American NBA media into a scramble to identify the other pieces involved in the deal.

I turned directly to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, figuring he would have the best scoop, but even Woj was unclear of the pieces involved. Twitter world exploded both in Argentina and the US with speculation that the Suns would acquire Danny Granger in a larger deal. That was partially based on the assumption the Pacers were getting a quality player, and the only available quality player they wanted to trade was Granger. But Granger is 30 years old, coming off a missed season due to bad knees and is an inefficient mid range shooter.

On a side note, I am thrilled for Luis Scola. That man is built for playoff basketball, not rebuilding teams. He's a complimentary piece who can be a glue guy willing to throw his body around and get under the skin of the opponent. He's not okay with losing, not okay with being surrounded by kids still learning their way around a basketball court, and not okay with teaching them how to play. Also, he's not a building block.

Scola is not going to win you any basketball games by himself. He's a terrible defender and inconsistent offensive player who is best as a compliment to better players around him. He is a great guy who just wants be a part of winning, and with Indiana he can do that.

After a while when Granger talk didn't take hold, folks settled for the idea that it must be a smaller deal for a salary that matched (for CBA purposes) Scola's: $4.5 million per year for 2 years. Only Gerald Green (2 yrs left, $3.5 million per year) and Ian Mahinmi (3 yrs left, $4 million per year) fit that bill on Indiana's roster.

Quickly, the chatter on the Suns side went sour. While all were excited for Scola to move on to brighter pastures, no one wanted to take more money and a lesser player back.

But it looks like the Suns front office knows what it's doing these days.

According to a late edit on Woj's article, the Suns are getting AT LEAST a future first round pick and draft or cash considerations to take on Green's more expensive contract and lesser value.

While the deal was still being finalized overnight, the Pacers will minimally send the Suns a future first-round draft pick, as well as possible additional draft and cash considerations to go along with guard Gerald Green, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

In this light, the Scola/Green trade takes on a familiar hue: asset grabbing.

The asset grabbing began in earnest last summer in the first true rebuilding year, led by President Lon Babby. They acquired two first rounders and two second rounders from the Los Angeles Lakers (2013-2015) for Steve Nash. Then it was a protected first rounder (sometime between 2013-2016) and Wesley Johnson for Robin Lopez. At the trade deadline, it was a high second round pick and Hamed Haddadi for Sebastian Telfair. And in the draft, it was the #29 pick and Malcolm Lee for #30. The trades were always about the draft picks, while any player coming back was just the filler.

Keeping track, that was a net gain of four picks (the Suns sent out two late seconds in the trades) for the cost of otherwise outgoing Nash, Telfair and Lopez.

Credit must be given where credit is due:

  • President Lon Babby acquired all those extra picks before the end of last season
  • Managing Partner Robert Sarver paid a lot of "dead" salary in players to acquire those picks. In 2012-13 he paid $17 million to Smilin' Wes, Haddadi, Scola and the amnestied Josh Childress to make cap room to absorb more contracts. In 2013-14, he's already committed to paying $20 million to Butler, Green, Lee and the amnestied Childress. None of those guys is part of the Suns future, but Sarver paid those salaries to make the picks happen.
  • New GM Ryan McDonough, of course, and his team of scouts

The Suns have already started cashing in those picks for a larger net gain. Last month, they took Archie Goodwin with one of the Lakers picks and used the Telfair pick along with Jared Dudley to deal for Eric Bledsoe three weeks ago. In addition, the extra picks allowed the Suns to spend their own second-rounder this year to take a flyer on second-year lotto pick Marcus Morris.

Now the Suns are restocking those coffers as soon as they're spending. Trading Scola to Indiana will net them at least another first round pick in the coming years.

That's now SIX first round picks in the next three seasons (assuming the Pacer pick is 2016 or earlier), nearly $20 million in expiring contracts coming off the books next summer, SIX players 23 or younger on the roster and two players (Dragic and Gortat) who can start on a playoff team.

The Suns quickly have a lot of enticing assets to package together in some larger trade when the time is right.

At the least, the Suns still have to address Marcin Gortat's situation, and they have to trim some NBA caliber players off their roster before the season starts. This would have to be a many-to-one trade at some point, unless McDonough sends 3-4 of them out in player-for-pick trades one at a time, netting more assets.

This could be a quick rebuild after all.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Phoenix Suns are working out the details of a deal with the Indiana Pacers to trade Luis Scola for swingman Gerald Green and draft considerations. Yahoo!...

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Several reports have released the news that the Phoenix Suns have agreed to send Luis Scola to Indiana. Danny Granger is RUMORED to be headed to the desert in return for Scola, but the exact terms of the trade have yet to be released. Details are apparently to be released tomorrow.

Luis Scola's "Press Officer," Juan Sebastia first tweeted the news:

@lscola4 a los Pacers. Mañana se anuncia oficialmente.

— Juan Sebastia (@juansebastia) July 27, 2013

TRANSLATION: Scola to the Pacers. Official Announcement Tomorrow.

An Argentinan Journalist also tweeted the news:

@ExpertoNba Luis Scola es canjeado a Indiana Pacers, informa su jefe de prensa en la Argentina. Se confirmará mañana.

— Julian Mozo (@JulianMozo) July 27, 2013

#NBA Danny Granger sería la estrella de Indiana que pasaría a Phoenix por Scola.

— Julian Mozo (@JulianMozo) July 27, 2013

TRANSLATION: Danny Granger is the star from Indiana that would move to Phoenix

Woj and Marc Stein soon joined in, adding that Granger may not be part of the deal after all:

Suns are nearing a deal to send Luis Scola to the Pacers, league sources tell Y! Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 27, 2013

Indiana has been pursuing Scola for several weeks, and close to landing him, sources tell Y! Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 27, 2013

Reports from Argentina that Scola is headed to Pacers have been circulating for last hour, but latest word is Danny Granger is NOT in deal

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 27, 2013

Original tweet from @juansebastia in Argentina had Scola going to INDY by tomorrow. Follow-up report that Granger in deal strongly shot down

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 27, 2013

I've said for a while that Scola is the most likely Phoenix Sun to be dealt this summer (after the Dudley trade) and if this deal goes through, I would be delighted. Although he can still be a valuable player in the right situation, Scola has no place on this team. As long as we're not taking back long-term salary or losing draft picks, the deal will be a winner in my book regardless of what the Suns get back. Scola is set to make $4.5 million this year and his salary for the 2014-15 season is only guaranteed for $941K (potentially increasing to $1.441M guaranteed if he plays a certain number of games).

If Granger is indeed coming to Phoenix, the Suns would have to send additional players to make the salaries work (he has an expiring contract this year worth $14 million). In that case, expect to see Butler join Scola in Indiana. If Phoenix is not getting Granger, it will be interesting to see who the Suns receive in return for Scola. The Pacers only have two contracts in same salary range as Scola's to make a straight swap work: Gerald Green (signed through 2014-15) and Ian Mahinmi (signed through 2015-16).

Here's some interesting thoughts about Green from Indy Cornrows. Click thru and read the entire thing.

Pacers should find Gerald Green has strong trade value - Indy Cornrows
Indiana Pacers swingman Gerald Green has some unique basketball talents that can lift fans out of their seats and fill up Top 10 highlight lists on SportsCenter. Only problem is, when it comes to winning time, doing the little things that lead to winning and defending with a vengeance, Green comes up a step slow.

Stay tuned for updates.

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