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Report: Pacers finalizing deal to retain David West

Jul 2, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

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While other teams tried to get their foot in the door, it was always expected that David West would return to the Indiana Pacers. He was their top off-season priority.

It looks like the two sides have almost got a deal done — a three-year deal with the third year being a team option, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

This is a three year, $36 million deal, according to Sam Amick of the USA Today, which is a raise from the $10 million a year he made the past two years. While West will be 33 next season, last season was one of his best as a professional so the length of the deal is not a huge risk.

West’s versatile offensive game is key for the Pacers. He averaged 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds a game in the regular season, 15.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in the playoffs. He is a good scorer in the post, where he got 40 percent of his opportunities last season and shot 47.3 percent while drawing a lot of fouls (via Synergy Sports). But West is also one of the best pick-and-pop bigs in the league and will knock down the midrange jumper. He can work in the high or low post and that versatility helps the Pacers. He’s also solid on defense.

With him back in the fold, and with Danny Granger returning and the acquisition of C.J. Watson (an upgrade at the backup point) the Pacers are ready to challenge for the Eastern conference title again.

  1. hungryhungryhibbert - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    We are well on our way, no offense Danny, but I’d rather see you come off the bench, because your a better all around player than lance right now (assuming health and return to previous form) so it be CJ Watson,draft pick hill/Orlando Johnson, Granger, hanborough, Ian nahimi (forgot how to spell it)

    Sounds alright, need another scorer and a third pg

  2. bparmalee - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    As long as that 3rd year is a team option I love this deal. My Pacers.. like other small market teams… can’t attract big name free agents so it’s important to keep the solid players they have. If it doesn’t work out he would be a nice trade chip next year. Great move.

    • rintintinsoldier - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      I believe the 3rd year is West’s option, not the Pacers. I could be wrong but I read that somewhere on the internet, so it’s gotta be true…..

  3. ddogdaddy - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    You keep hearing small market teams can’t attract good players. I get it that we will never be LA or NY but after seeing what this small market team is about (winning), you would think that would be attractive to some players that want a chance at playing for a title and not just playing for a pay check.

  4. anhdazman - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Smart move by Indy. West fit this team perfectly. They’ll be a top seed in the Eastern playoffs again next year.

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