The Indiana Pacers and free agent power forward David West are rumored to be finalizing a three-year deal. While the exact details have not yet been made public, it appears to be worth around 36 million over the course of the contract and the final year of the deal may be a players-option.
At 33, West is able to get a lucrative contract that will extend him to the age of 35 and possibly 36 if he is up to it. If I had to guess, don’t be surprised if West plays longer than 36. He is a tough guy and has set the tone for the Pacers.
While his stats show that he was productive, 17 PPG, 8 RPG in 73 games started. Him and Hibbert were the biggest reasons for the Pacers success in the postseason, as they were able to simply man-handle the New York Knicks. In the Eastern Conference Finals, along with Paul George, the leagues Most Improved Player, they were able to force game 7 against the eventual repeat champs, the Miami Heat.
While this does not improve the Pacers per se, it does bring back one of their key players, ensuring their is little-to-no drop-off.
- Pacers’ David West on being a free agent: ‘I can’t see myself going anywhere else.’ (probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- David West widely expected to re-sign with Indiana Pacers (sbnation.com)
- How the Indiana Pacers can build off this past season (thesportsbank.net)
- Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers: Game 3 Preview and Predictions (bleacherreport.com)
- David West was big in the Pacers’ Game 6 victory, and played with a fever of 103 degrees (probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com)