Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 7/28/13
If there needs to be any doubt about it, the Pacers once again showed they are serious about competing in the Eastern Conference by completing a pretty intriguing and solid trade to acquire veteran center Luis Scola from the Suns. The Pacers acquired Scola for Gerald Green, Mason Plumlee and a future first round pick. For most this appears to be a clear sign the Pacers are in it to win the Eastern Conference and win the NBA title in 2014. Who could blame them after taking the Heat to the seventh and final game of the Eastern Conference? To the Pacers fans, thank you guys for welcome me, I really wish I can help the team get farder. I won't stop working until I do. #Pacers — Luis Scola (@LScola4) July 27, 2013 Indiana has spent its summer locking David West back up to a medium-sized three-year deal, that probably does not cover what he is truly worth to the team. The Pacers also added shooting in Chris Copeland and another year of fine seasoning. Luis Scola would appear to add to the embarrassment of riches in the low post that features the aforementioned West and Roy Hibbert already. Scola averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Suns last year. That was for a team that finished last in the Western Conference however. And with Alex Len entering the fold plus the addition of the Morris twins, Phoenix is in clear ebuild and salary shed mode. Marcin Gortat figures to be the next player on his way out of the Valley of the Sun. The Suns are clearly rebuilding, the Pacers are clearly trying to go for a title. And so shedding Green's somewhat silly contract signed last summer and taking on the two years and $9.3 million left on his deal seems to be the Pacers' ticket to remain in contention. Like many small market teams that see their window open suddenly, Indiana is trying to hold it open as long as it can. Particularly with the Heat reloaded for a third title run and the Nets trying to buy their way into the mix. Indiana made this move without having to sacrifice any of its key pieces either. Danny Granger's expiring contract remains in place and could either be used to bring in another asset for the stretch run for the Pacers or used to keep Granger and let him try to become the All Star he was in 2009. Then there is of course the flexibility Indiana maintained for the summer of 2015 and beyond when Paul George and Roy Hibbert begin to make decisions about their futures. George is a restricted free agent in 2014 and Hibbert has a player option in the summer of 2015. The Pacers made themselves better this year by adding a veteran post player to bring off the bench and keep the team going. It was Indiana's inconsistent bench that had it pondering what could have been against those mighty champions from Miami. Indiana's moves are not done yet though. The Pacers defensive mentality and offense should remain relatively the same. The team still lacks shooters to spread the floor. Defense can only keep a team in games for so long. That should be long enough to be among the East's elite. Shooting though is undoubtedly what separates the merely good teams from the real contenders. The Pacers though showed they are serious about contending for the moment and bolstered that fledgling bench with Scola's pickup. [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Donovan McNabb arrested for DUI after rear-ending car

It is progress time for the Philadelphia 76ers

Andrew Luck talks Super Bowl hopes and Patriots

Rapper rips David West for taking pay cut to join Spurs

Report: Kevin Garnett will return for 21st NBA season


Packers plan to keep TE Andrew Quarless despite arrest

Russell Wilson: God spoke to me after Super Bowl-losing INT

Cam Newton training with Aussie rules football team

Jonathan Papelbon still wants out of Philly

Kyrie Irving: Cavaliers would have won an NBA title if healthy

Here are your 2015 All-Star reserves and pitchers

Mark Cuban fined for discussing Matthews and Jordan deals

Baseball's most productive low-authority hitters of all-time

USWNT's World Cup triumph four years in the making

Cubs announcer defends saying 'no-hitter' during game

MLB scout hiring and pay practices challenged in lawsuit

MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

Gronk, David Ortiz in latest Dunkin Donuts iced coffee video

Bridgewater on Vikings: 'we’re not as good as what we think'

Floyd Mayweather officially stripped of welterweight title

Mo Williams signs 2-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers

Carli Lloyd had vision she would score four goals in World Cup Final

Carli Lloyd needs help to carry all her World Cup awards

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

Gronk, David Ortiz in latest Dunkin Donuts iced coffee video

The 2015 All-Star reserves & pitchers

Are LeBron, Cavs just playing teenage games?

Bucks threatens move to Vegas, Seattle

Bryce Harper to skip Home Run Derby

Video shows De'Andre Johnson punching woman

Odell Beckham Jr. poses for nude version of 'The Catch'

Report: Giants pull offer to Pierre-Paul

Report: Jordan was tired of Chris Paul

2015 All-Star starters announced

JPP injured in fireworks mishap?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.