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Report: Clippers (read: Chris Paul) have eyes on free agent David West

May 21, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

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Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and… David West? What could go wrong?

David West has been a rock-solid veteran big man for the Pacers this season and has talked repeatedly about how much he loved playing there this year. But the NBA is a business and West is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Teams are going to try to lure him away.

Like Chris Paul and the Clippers. Seriously. Apparently they need another power forward because… I don’t know why, the one they have jumps over cars and everything. But the Clips are going to try and get him, reports Marc Stein at ESPN, writing on TrueHoop.

The Pacers’ veteran leader openly loves his situation in Indiana, which certainly gives Indy justified cause for optimism when it comes to re-signing the 32-year-old this summer. Yet the whispers are already swirling that Chris Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers, in particular, are going to make a hard run at West in the offseason.

Indy will certainly have the ability to pay West more to convince its locker-room sage to stay, given that the Clips would presumably have to structure an offer with the $5.15 million midlevel exception available to non-tax teams. But you have to figure that the former Hornet — who rose to All-Star prominence playing alongside CP3 — is going to want to hear the details of a proposal pitching a reunion with his old point guard … as long as Paul himself, of course, has decided to stay.

It’s been an open secret that what Chris Paul wants the Clippers front office tries to get, and CP3 had some of his best on-court success playing off West’s pick-and-pop. So he wants him.

But the four spot with Griffin (whose outside shooting is improving) is not the Clippers weak link along the front line. They need more reliable play at the five spot — Jordan is inconsistent on both ends, but his defense is the real problem. Once Paul re-signs with the Clippers for the max (and he will) the Clips will need to use the MLE to find a piece or two to round out the roster and defensive-minded depth up front has to be at the top of the list.

West is going to get more than that MLE money. Almost certainly that money will keep him part of a very good Pacers team.

  1. cakemixa - May 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Why is a player who hasn’t done anything except win a first-round playoff series making GM decisions, again?

    • zacksdad - May 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      I would trust CP3’s decisions much more than the decisions of Donald Sterling. Sterling’s track record speaks for itself.

    • moseskkim - May 21, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      man you gotta give cp3 more credit than that. hes an amazing player, playmaker, leader. he led the hornets to the top of the West and along with Blake, changed the clippers upside down. sure he hasnt led the clippers to the western conference finals and beyond. the west is tough though and i think its more a credit to the other teams than a discredit of paul. VDN is a horrible coach too. and look at bledsoe. hes turned into a monster and a huge deal of that had to come from the best PG in the world.

    • jimsjam33 - May 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Because it takes 5 players on the floor to win a game . With CP3 you have 20 percent of a ring on your finger.
      He is a basketball technician with hands on experience on what it takes to win . Add Blake Griffin and you’re up to 40 percent .
      Who knows the NBA personnel better than CP3 ? Let the Clippers double dip and let Paul make the decisions needed for a championship .

  2. acdc363 - May 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I def agree with this post LOL why don’t they worry about getting a legit 5 before going after backup vets.

    • bigrains - May 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Are you high? David west is not a backup vet lol he would be a starting PF for 20 of the 30 teams. He’s a GREAT locker room guy. He loves indiana, (he’s said it before), and indiana and the pacers love him(we’ve said it before). Davis west will be a pacer next year. There is no doubt about it.

      • xliontamer - May 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        But the Clippers are not one of those 20 teams where he would start, they are one of the teams that West would be a back up on, so no, acdc363 is not high.

      • jimsjam33 - May 21, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        The Clips need a small forward not a power forward . Trevor Ariza or Tayshaun Prince will do nicely thank you . David West stay in Indy . The Heat need some competition back in the East .

      • paleihe - May 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        I think Matt Barnes let people know that he wants to be the small forward. He had an amazing year. He just needs to stop getting stupid technical fouls.

  3. truthplainandsimple - May 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Well…it isn’t like Blake Griffin has made any improvements to his game since he’s gotten into the league (him or DeAndre Jordan). When neither your starting PF or C can shoot, dribble or pass, you’re not going very far in the playoffs (see NY Knicks: Chandler, Martin). Miami, SA, Mem and Indiana all have at least one of each that can perform offensively outside of dunking.

    • truthplainandsimple - May 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      *can’t

    • Kurt Helin - May 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      If you don’t think Griffin’s post moves, handle and midrange game have improved since he entered the league you don’t watch him much.

  4. karlton3 - May 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    So the Clippers think they can get West even though they can’t offer 1) half of what the Pacers can, 2) a starting spot, and 3) a team that can get out of the first round of the playoffs.

    I’m sure Pacers fans are worried.

  5. moseskkim - May 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    West would have a sizeable role on the clipps. VDN (might not be around) doesn’t trust jordan so although he starts, dwest would get huge minutes alongside griffin. Defensively it’s bad but clipps need offensive versatility and west would help big time. West would be taking essentially all of odom, turiaf, Hollins minutes and some of Jordan’s. I would think west would stay in Indiana cuz they got something good going on with horrible teams out east, but living in SoCal and Ballin with cp3 and Blake aren’t too shabby. Clipps aren’t that far from contending, west could be the piece that puts them right there in the convo.

  6. klownboy - May 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Good luck with getting David West out of Indiana Clips.

  7. anhdazman - May 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Jordan’s minutes should be limited. LA could go small, move Griffin to the center position and have West at the PF.
    GSW style!

  8. hpeters77 - May 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    When west and Paul played together with the hornets they were click tight, those who said he would not leave Indy well as a hornet fan don’t think that twice

  9. nolahxc - May 21, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    I miss those guys in NOLA. :(

  10. rca26 - May 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    If Chris Paul truly does want to win, he should join forces with David West

    …in Indiana.

    • erckle31 - May 21, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Hell yeah!! That’d be awesome.

  11. fearthehoody - May 21, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    My Clipps are learning the same lesson my Pats refuse to admit, Power will always defeat finesse when it matters!

  12. stlouis1baseball - May 21, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    CP3?

  13. erckle31 - May 21, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    I really hope Indiana pays to keep David West. He’s so pivotal for this team, it’ll be worth it. I have a feeling he’s happy there too. Don’t go to the Clips David, Indiana loves you.

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