So, seeing the Pacers are giving up essentially 3 players for 1, with one of those being a former first rounder (Plumlee) and one of those being a future first rounder, the question needs to be asked, did the Pacers make a good deal. Obviously only time can really answer this question, but from a "on-paper" point of view, I really like this deal. Last season, Scola averaged 12 points and 6.5 rebounds a game, while still dishing out a couple of assists a game, not bad for a guy only playing about half of each game down in Phoenix. Those numbers were both below career averages for Scola, so there are 2 ways one can look at that, 1) he is getting older and his production is falling off or 2) he had a down year. I am guessing the latter, because he wasn't playing for the best of teams in Phoenix and his minutes were down from his time in Houston. Scola is a good offense player and is a solid rebounder, particularly on the defensive end. One draw back of Scola though, is he is not considered a good individual defender nor is he considered a great shot blocker. Scola has missed a grand total of 8 games in his 8 year career, so if we are lucky, so we can hopefully expect to see him regularly on the court. So experts I have read to day figure he is a starter caliber scorer, so he will provide a much needed boost to a bench that ranked 2nd to worst in the league last year. Plus, he is a huge upgrade over whomever Vogel was thinking about rotating with West. Plumlee is still developing at best, so he was not the best option to back up West on either end of the court, and Copeland is more of a wing than a 4 and the aquisition of Scola will allow him to play solely on the Wing... barring injuries of course.
Now, the Pacers did pay a steep price for Scola's services for the next 2 years. Now, Green was a fun guy to watch when he went up for a dunk, but he was never a defensive stalwart, and his shot never developed while with the Pacers. So considering he was under contract for a couple more years at around $3.5 million a year , I am not heartbroken to see him go. Apparently the word around the league on Plumlee is that he could likely end up as a Jeff Foster type in a few years, but he was not there last year by any stretch and he hasn't dominated like a 1st rounder in the D-League or in the Summer League would be expect to with any real consistency. That said, even if he had be a Jeff Foster type, Scola appears to be even an upgrade on that type of player, so I am again not heartbroken to see him go. The real questionmark in this deal then becomes the 1st round pick. The pick is for next season but is lottery protected through 2019, meaning if the Pacers don't happen to make the playoffs next year (and any subsequent season between now and 2019) that pick would not be shipped to the Suns.
So with all that said, I don't think the risk is that high. I think the Pacers were in the top 4 in the East without Scola and I think he pushes us into the discussion of being a top tier team in the league (if pushing the Heat to the brink this year hadn't already done this). The Pacers bench is much improved for last year as a whole, and Scola adds another scorer (remember, the Pacers had trouble scoring as a whole last year). While Scola is not an outstanding defender, but I think he will adapt to the team defending strategy, and hopefully will be serviceable at least (but we are saying that about several about the Pacers reserves for next year). As was seen in this years draft, the truly impact players in the draft are generally gone by the time the playoff teams come around, and with this addition we can figure the pick we will be giving up should be well into the 20's, the loss isn't that big. In addition, by not drafting next year, that is one last guarenteed contract the Pacers have to worry about next summer when, potentially, Paul George, Lance Stevenson, and Danny Granger will all be free agents. Plus, the Pacers have dumped Green's ugly contract off and Plumlee's less than savory contract is gone as well. Overall I give this trade my resounding seal of approval.