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Clippers, Hawks reportedly interested in David West if he decides to leave the Pacers

May 31, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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David West was an All-Star power forward twice while playing alongside Chris Paul in New Orleans, but has flown under the radar since then in his time with the Indiana Pacers over the last two seasons.

This year, West has approached that level again with averages of 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds on a team that is giving the defending champion Miami Heat everything they want during the Eastern Conference Finals. West’s play, along with his team’s position in playing so far into this postseason, has him once again beginning to be recognized as a game-changer at his position.

West is a free agent this summer, and has indicated that he’d like to come back to the Pacers next season. But if that should change, or the dollars end up being too tempting to pass up, he will have other teams lining up to try to retain his services.

From Sean Deveney of Sporting News:

What’s most remarkable is that West has been so effective for Indiana this year, at age 32. After the knee surgery—in addition to playing with a new team in a reduced role—West averaged 12.8 points last year, his lowest output since his second season in the NBA. He came back strong this season, though, averaging 17.1 points and shooting 49.8 percent.

That’s why, when that two-year deal he signed with Indiana runs up this summer, West will be a hot commodity despite his advancing age. The Clippers are prepared to make him an offer, and according to a source, the Hawks could make him a priority, too. Should Memphis move Zach Randolph, West would be a natural fit there as well.

Again, West is expected to return to Indiana — the fit there is solid, and he gets to play for a team on the rise that’s appreciative of what he brings.

But like that of many other free agents this summer, West’s name will be an interesting one to watch.

  1. leearmon - May 31, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Two things, 1. How was Blake Griffin on 2nd team NBA while David West and Zach Randolph failed to make any team is still beyond me. And 2). This was my biggest problem with the new CBA. IMHO too much was made about “small markets not being able to survive” so the league and owners overreacted and made the cap penalties too stiff. Now the Pacers will probably not be able to match West to a competitive offer because of their cap situation and they will lose out on him and the core of their team will be rocked. Similarly, The Grizzlies let O.J. Mayo walk, traded Mareese Speights for nothing and got little to no value for Rudy Gay all in moves to just better their cap position, imagine if they had any two of those players vs The Spurs, do you think they still get swept? And of course you have The Thunder. They had 3 of the best 12-15 players on their roster last season, all of whom were under 24. And they made the NBA FINALS! However they had to blow it up because of the salary penalties, even though Harden was ready and willing to take LESS than his market value!. Three “small market teams” with legit championship aspirations having to cut their own championship potential just to say under the cap. Lets face it, no matter the penalty, teams like the Knicks, Lakers and Celtics will always pay whatever price to put, what they feel, is a competitive roster on the floor. They can afford to. But these stiff penalties actually hurt more teams than it helps, especially the smaller ones.

    • dondada10 - May 31, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Great post. Spot on.

    • adoombray - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      I totally hadn’t thought of it that way. You’re absolutely right.

      (That might be the first time that the above sentence was written on the Internet EVER)

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      I absolutely LOVE your post. Thanks for reminding those of us on here that couldn’t comprehend the big picture.

    • deeballer - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:01 AM

      I thought the current CBA was driven by small market owners because of what happened in Miami. They knew the big markets would overpay for star players and they wouldn’t be able to compete so they laid down this proposal. It looks like it’s back firing on them because there are a lot of small market teams with really good players and not able to resign them all because of the cap restriction they’ve imposed. Classic by product of overreaction. Dan Gilbert, good luck in resigning all your good players and staying within the cap space when their rookie contracts are up. I’m sure they’ll all be clamoring to stay in Cleveland.

  2. savvybynature - May 31, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Clips? Interesting. Someone to show a kind of soft Griffin how to play big?

  3. wwttww - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Atlanta don’t want that man…what’s he gonna play center?…Horford will finally play PF with Budenholzer in charge.

  4. pukpokito - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    This doesn’t make sense…for both Clippers and Hawks.The Clippers have Griffin and Odom at that same position. The Hawks need to switch Horford from Center to Power Forward and trade Smith to Houston for Asik.They need a center there at Atlanta.You put Horford at PF. They will take off with him at that position.Get a center to come off the bench with the draft that they could bring along slowly.West need to stay at Indiana.He is perfect there with Hibbert.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:20 AM

      You are 100% right.

      Except for the Clippers have Griffin and Odom part. They DO have them, but who cares about Odom now (I hate saying that, as a big time Odom supporter back in the days), he’s just a brand-name at this point in his career.

  5. funktron2x - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Pacers are giving them everything they want, huh? Those lucky Heat players must be feeling pretty special right now. I never get everything I want.

  6. mannyicey - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    For those who say that the Hawks shouldn’t be interested because Al Horford is a PF, that’s not entirely true. Horford is one of the better Centers out right now. He’s formidable inside. He has good post moves. He’s spot on from 12-15 feet. He’s athletic and quick.

    I think his abilities to do more than typical centers (like pushing the ball up, shooting long range shots and defend the perimeter) makes him stand apart from the rest. He can run the court like a PF, so he always beats the opponent down the court. But unlike Bosh, he’s not fragile or scared to pound down low.

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