Pacers keep David West with three-year deal
The Indiana Pacers have kept a key member of their team a Pacer by resigning veteran David West to a three-year, $36 million deal.
The process of resigning West was easy for the Pacers as West didn’t really want to go anywhere else. The third year of the contract is expected to be a player option, according to Yahoo! Sports.
West has been a huge part of the Pacers’ ascension to the top-tier of the Eastern Conference, and looks to help them take down the NBA Champion Miami Heat. The 32-year-old forward has provided a great presence on the court (17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season), and in the locker room for the Pacers, he is widely known as one of the best veteran leaders in the NBA.
The deal cannot become official until July 10, when the free agency moratorium is lifted, according to USA Today.
This past season, the Pacers pushed the eventual NBA Champions, the Miami Heat, to a game seven in a tight Eastern Conference Finals, and solidly established them as one of the top teams in the league. With West in the fold, the Pacers hope to maintain that presence in the East, and stop the Heat from repeating as Eastern Conference Champions.