The longer his situation is dragged out the more likely it is this man opts out and becomes a free agent. First some news from his front I just read:
If he is that confident in his knee and he thinks doctors will say so in workouts he will opt out.David West said that he still hasn't decided whether to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Hornets.
West intends to speak with the Hornets soon and "throw some ideas around," but we don't expect resolution until later in the week. He also mentioned that he has "total confidence" in his surgically-repaired knee, an injury that has made his potential free agency something of a gamble. Jun 24, 12:56 PM
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune
Now, let me also preface this by saying Josh Smith and Nene are my two top choices here but I also think those are less likely. Nene is looking more and more like he is signing with Denver and JSmooth would have to be a trade target which is anyone's guess really what will happen there. JJ Hickson is also intriguing but what will he cost? West though is likely going to be right there for the taking.
- Offensive game at the PF spot we have not had in 20 years. And yes, that includes Jermaine O'Neal in his prime. He is a Two Time All Star for a reason
- Is already familiar with Collison who when together ran one of the best Pick n Roll options in the West this side of well... Chris Paul and him. Ahem.
- He's extremely efficient: 85% from the FT line, 50% from the field
- He's also extremely consistent: His averages across the board are unbelievably reliable year to year
- Good (not great) rebounder
- Fast Hands: Solid passer and will even snag a couple steals
- Big motor, high energy player
- Very likeable guy. Won't get into trouble and will represent our Blue and Gold very well
- Most of all for me: His recent Knee Surgery lowers his price.
- Turns 31 this August
- Knee Surgery - No matter what he says this is still a question mark
- How does he fit next to Hibbert? I actually don't mind this, others seem to disagree
- Not a huge Shot Blocker
All in all I see a dynamic scoring PF that is still in his prime for a few more seasons who will bring leadership and meet numerous direct needs the Pacers have. More so I see a player that if he never got hurt would likely never sign with the Pacers to begin with and would demand a max or VERY close to it salary.
This knee injury might have been a blessing in disguise for us. And when looking at next years unrestricted free Agent Crop I tend to lean towards this as our move compared to just sitting on the money for 2012.
Not 100% convinced but the more I think about this move in the 9-11 million, 5 year deal range really makes sense to me. We'd still have some flexibility and with a starting 5 of:
With George Hill, Psycho T as the first two off the bench this team just became a force. Right now.
West career Stats: http://www.nba.com/playerfile/david_...eer_stats.html