More players are getting into the free agency market and now they are joined by San Antonio Spurs’ power forward David West, who declined his player option on his contract to be able to get a maximum contract, however rumors are swirling that West would want to sign and play for the Warriors next season.
West signed a two-year deal with the Spurs with a player option on the second year and since he has declined to use that option he then becomes a free agent, but the 35-year old 12-year veteran is hoping to get a justifiable maximum contract with the Spurs. However, West weighs in things over as his plans to move in with the Spurs have not given him any championship ring yet and he might bring his veteran skills somewhere else.
Shams Charania of The Vertical noted that the Spurs could give West a lucrative offer for next season, but talks will still depend on whom the Spurs chooses to pursue this summer. With his age coming as a factor teams might not be too aggressive in signing him, but given his experience, West can still bring so much impact in the game.
Spurs forward David West will decline his $1.55M player option for 2016-17 and evaluate playing future, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 13, 2016
With the looming rumors of Tim Duncan retiring, the Spurs would need players who could fill in for Duncan and that could give West a window of opportunity to explore, though no official word is out regarding Duncan walking away from the sport. Playing for the Spurs, West was a solid contributor coming off the bench and averages 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds giving much time for their big men LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan to rest.
In the case of playing for the Warriors next season, this has been one of West’s destinations when he opted out of the Pacers back in 2015. Winning a championship ring is the driving force for West at this point of his career and playing for the Warriors could also prove worthy considering they are on the verge of taking winning back-to-back titles. That is if they don’t fall short against the Cavaliers.
“At this point in my career, it’s all about winning,” West told WTHR.com when asked why he had opted out of Indiana. “And again, I don’t want to be in a position where we’re just fighting to make the playoffs, I want to be in a spot where we can legitimately taste the Finals.”
Before signing with the Spurs, West was the 18th overall picked by the New Orleans Hornets in the 2003 NBA Draft and played with the team until 2011 before signing up with the Indiana Pacers until the 2015 season. He would then decline his $12.6 million options with the Pacer to join Duncan and the rest of the Spurs.
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