David West and the Indiana Pacers have bigger things to worry about right now, like LeBron James and the Miami Heat, who they’re scheduled to face in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, the Heat might not be the lone opponent they’ll be facing here in the next few weeks.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Clippers are zeroing in their sights on the Pacers forward.
The Pacers’ veteran leader openly loves his situation in Indiana, which certainly gives Indy justified cause for optimism when it comes to re-signing the 32-year-old this summer. Yet the whispers are already swirling that Chris Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers, in particular, are going to make a hard run at West in the offseason.
West of course formed a budding relationship with Chris Paul when the two were teammates with the Hornets and it appears Chris Paul would love nothing more than to rekindle that once bright flame.
The Pacers have around $50 million on the books next year without West signed and may struggle to retain the 32-year-old power forward, but, it’s difficult to see how the Clippers would make the move outside of a sign-and-trade. Currently, the Clippers only have $46 million on their cap, but that’s without Chris Paul signed, so their overall team salary should increase significantly which would put a hefty damper on their desire to outright sign West.