The Phoenix Suns may have gained a decent player in Gerald Green when they dealt Louis Scola to the Indiana Pacers this week. They also picked up a lottery-protected first-round draft pick from the Pacers, but the acquisition center Miles Plumlee was not given much attention in the deal.
Plumlee, however, has found himself in a much better situation than when he was with the Pacers. He may turn out to be a surprising element of the deal in the long run.
He didn’t see much action with the Pacers, and was not about to be a key player for them in their title drive. Instead, he finds himself with an organization that’s in rebuilding mode after a 25-win season.
Plumlee is still a long shot to see a lot of playing time with the Suns, if he even makes the team, but he definitely has a better chance of doing something with the Suns compared to the Pacers. The Pacers made him their first-round draft pick in 2012, but he played in only 14 games.
Plumlee spent most of his time in the NBA D-League, but the Suns liked what they saw of him in the Summer League where he averaged 10 points, 9.5 rebounds and three blocked shots.
With more hard work and improvement, he could get a good shot from the Suns. He’s also healthier right now than the team’s top draft pick, Alex Len, who is recovering from right ankle surgery. Plumlee won’t replace Len in the long run, but has a chance to show the Suns his stuff before Len returns to action.