NBA Rumors: Orlando Magic to target David West?

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NBA rumors are rife that David West will opt out of the final year of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs and enter the free agency market this summer.

The 36-year-old West signed a two-year $ 20 million contract with the Indiana Pacers in 2011. In June 2015, West opted out his contract with the Indiana Pacers and entered the free agency when he signed with the Spurs on short-term cheap deal.

According to ESPN, West wants a bigger salary in the future higher than what he’ll get if he stayed in San Antonio. The former New Orleans Hornets signed for the veteran’s minimum during the 2015-2016 season, making only $1.55 million. West took a significant pay cut just to sign with the Spurs with hopes of a title run in the 2015-2016 NBA Season.

With the Spurs, he played in 78 regular season games, averaging 7.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists mainly as a player off the bench.

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The latest team that has been linked to David West are the Orlando Magic with reports that the presence of new head coach Frank Vogel, the former mentor of West at Indiana will play a factor in the decision.

The Magic needs veteran presence in the line-up that features young guys Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic, among others.

After trading Tobias Harris during the season, Orlando has managed to clear up $16 million more in cap space to give the team the kind of boost they needed in the coming free agency market. As reported earlier by Fansided, the added extra cap space has given the Orlando the ability to pay out as much as $36 million in salaries this summer.

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Unfortunately, the Orlando Magic aren’t the only team in the NBA that has an interest in signing David West. Yahoo! Sports have previously reported that West could rejoin the San Antonio Spurs at a higher salary than the veteran’s minimum.

A former Indiana Pacers forward, the 36-year-old David West has averaged 14.8 points and 6.9 rebounds in 13 NBA seasons. He started his career with the New Orleans Hornets before moving to Indiana Pacers and later to San Antonio.

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