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David West reiterates he wants to stay a Pacer this summer

May 31, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

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If you are going to have a strong playoff run, do it right before you are a free agent — it makes you some extra scratch on your next deal.

Indiana’s David West is a free agent this summer and plenty of teams have watched him this playoffs and thought the same things lot of fans did: “We could use a guy like that.”

But the veteran West said again Thursday what he has said many times before — his preference is to stay with the Pacers. Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida asked him again if he wanted to stay.

“Yeah,’’ West said an interview with FOX Sports Florida after his team fell behind 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals. “I love what we’ve been able to accomplish in the lockout season (of 2011-12) and this full season. And I just pretty much love how this group has grown together since I’ve been there.’’

West made $10 million this season, part of a two-year, $20 deal. He is a pro’s pro who at age 32 had one of his best seasons, averaging 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds a game with a PER of 20.1. He is solid at both ends of the court, can score in the post or in the midrange, sets good picks and hits the boards. Plus, he’s rock solid in the locker room.

A couple more years in the $10 million range makes some sense.

Other teams are going to reach out with other offers and try to poach him, but unless somebody comes in over the top with a ridiculous offer he can’t refuse, West isn’t moving. There are no locks in free agency, but I’d be shocked to see West in any uniform but yellow with pinstripes next season.

  1. sylpkt - May 31, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    He’d look real nice in a Thunder uniform next year, gives them a low post scoring threat. Amnesty Perk and the 2y/$19m left on his contract, 2y/$20m for West. Move Serge to C. Big man rotation of West/Ibaka/Collison w/ Durant playing PF in some small lineups.

    Probably not going to happen, but it would be nice.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      But Oklahoma City isn’t Indiana. Dude regularly praises his teammates togetherness.
      Said he has never been on a team in which every single guy makes it a point to seek out (and have a conversation with) every other guy on the team…EVERY day. Every. Day.
      Said it makes you want to play for each other…go to war with each other. They are family.
      He is gonna’ be in a Pacers uniform next year.

      • kinggw - May 31, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        I wouldnt read too much into his politically correct statement. Because of people’s gross overreaction to Lebron’s decision to leave Cleveland pending free agents keep it pretty vanilla when discussing their future.

        West says all the right things about Indiana, but he’s been there two years. He spent 6 years with Chris Paul. I think Paul has just as much pull with West as his Pacers “family”. Its going to come down to the money. The question is does Indiana want to continue to pay a soon to be 33 year old West in excess of $10M. They need to use that money to get an established point guard. The Pacers are playing well against the Heat, but this version of the Pacers isnt going to be able to deliver the goods. I know lots of Pacer fans think that they will be able to trade Granger for some pg help and keep West and they very well may do that. Granger does have an expiring deal, but is that likely to bring back a difference making point guard? Unlikely.

  2. pacersfan1 - May 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    He looks great in a Pacers uniform right now. The Pacers will pay him to stay with the Pacers and he is worth every dollar. We love BIG WEST in INDY.

  3. americasdream12 - May 31, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I think every player who ever played in Indianapolis wanted to stay in Indy until they retired.Peyton Manning and Reggie Miller fell in love with Indianapolis and the quality of life in Indy.

  4. breesus504 - May 31, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    As a Hornets fan, I have seen this from him for years. We used to call him the 17 ft assassin. His mid range game is lethal. The pick n roll game with him n CP3 was always fun to watch. I wish nothing but the best for Mr. West…..

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