HoopsHype Luis Scola rumors

November 22, 2013 Updates

Bird spent no time settling in. He signed three free agents — three-point shooter Chris Copeland, and backup and No. 3 point-guards, C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan. Bird re-signed West and traded spare parts Miles Plumlee and Gerald Green along with the Pacers' lottery-protected 2014 first-round draft pick to Phoenix for power forward Luis Scola. "Once I took the job and got back, the first guy I wanted was C.J. Watson, but Scola's the guy," Bird said. "I wanted him for a couple years. I was very reluctant to trade a first-round pick but if we've got the team I think we have, that one extra guy can make a major difference." USA Today Sports

November 13, 2013 Updates

No other team this season comes close to having three big men in that scoring category. "(Coach Frank) Vogel, as well as the players, understand their strengths, so he gets them the ball where they can have the most success," the scout said. "It's a simple game when you do that. West and Scola are great pick-and-pop bigs. Hibbert is primarily a deep roll man but can make the 15-footer. Pick your poison." Bleacher Report

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Scola readily admits he had numerous conversations with recently retired professional players during the offseason in an effort to gauge when those players knew it was time to hang up the laces for good. Scola says while the thought of retirement has crossed his mind, he still has more left to give before walking away from the game. “Well I’ve had conversations with some people who have recently retired and I don’t feel close to retirement,” Scola told HOOPSWORLD about the subject of retirement. “But I don’t know how quick the process is. I know it’s normal that you’ll start to feel like ‘this is it I just can’t do it anymore.’ I don’t feel like I’m close to that moment. But I just don’t know how quick this process takes hold. Hopefully the process is long so I have more years.” HoopsWorld

Scola says there is no doubt in his mind that he at least plans to honor the remaining two years of his deal. “I’m going to play next year for sure and I’d love to play more than that,” Scola said. “I feel very strong physically and mentally. I feel well. This is a good stage physically for me in my career.” HoopsWorld

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Veteran forward Luis Scola, who joined the Pacers in free agency over the summer, had a different view of Rose’s comments. Scola believes the Pacers should serve notice on the court to erase any doubts on where the unit should be positioned among the league’s elite teams. “I don’t see anything negative about it,” Scola said regarding Rose’s comments. “They asked him and he answered. We always demand honest answers from athletes and that was an honest answer. It doesn’t matter. We will try everything in our power to be the team to beat for everybody, but we got to prove that. Indiana was a great team last year and we want to be an even better team this year. It’s okay what [Rose] says. It’s okay what everybody says because we shouldn’t be looking at quotes from other teams.” HoopsWorld

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Bird has never been one to trade draft picks; in the small-market reality in which he lives, they're too valuable. But with the Pacers so close to title contention, Bird deviated from his playbook and sent a first-round pick to Phoenix as part of a deal for Luis Scola. "I've always liked Scola, always been after Scola," Bird said. "I made some calls knowing the price might be steep, but still feel like we got a good deal out of it." CBSSports.com

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However, ask about the offseason moves made by Pacers officials – signing C.J. Watson, Chris Copeland and trading for Luis Scola – and Granger lights up in excitement. “It’s really encouraging,” he said. “They kinda see the potential that this group has and I think we’re really going for it. We really are title contenders now and we have to show it. “I think [Scola’s] probably our biggest free agent pickup. In my mind, he’s a starting power forward in the NBA and I don’t know how we pulled him off and how we got him but we did. I think that’s the brilliance of Donnie [Walsh] and Larry [Bird].” NBA.com

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Frank Vogel on the Pacers’ moves this offseason, including a trade with Phoenix for Luis Scola: “Yeah, it was a big time trade. All of our players were just so excited. They know what it’s like to play against Luis Scola. He’s going to find a way to out-fox you. He’s got all the tricks, all the savvy, all the fakes and [he's] one of the most deceptive players in the game. To bring somebody like that in here, who also plays with the energy of a Tyler Hansbrough or somebody like that, is really going to bolster are bench. “Solomon Hill looks to be ready to go right now, ready to contribute right away. C.J. Watson we think is an upgrade at backup point guard. Obviously the guy that was killing us in the Knicks series, Chris Copeland, bombing them threes. You can never have enough shooting, especially with a guy as tall as he is. Oh, and by the way, there’s a guy named Danny Granger that is coming back to our team, too.” Pacers.com

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