Indiana Pacers forward David West has said that he wants to return to the team next season, but there will be a number of opportunities for him on the open market when he hits free agency this summer. According to the latest reports, West could draw interest from the Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta Hawks if he doesn’t return to Indiana. That could be a very strong possibility if the teams begin to throw money at him in the offseason.
West has put up very solid numbers this season, averaging 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.
There will certainly be offers for his services during free agency, so West will have to give them serious consideration even if he hopes to return to the Pacers next season.
What’s most remarkable is that West has been so effective for Indiana this year, at age 32. After the knee surgery—in addition to playing with a new team in a reduced role—West averaged 12.8 points last year, his lowest output since his second season in the NBA. He came back strong this season, though, averaging 17.1 points and shooting 49.8 percent.
That’s why, when that two-year deal he signed with Indiana runs up this summer, West will be a hot commodity despite his advancing age. The Clippers are prepared to make him an offer, and according to a source, the Hawks could make him a priority, too. Should Memphis move Zach Randolph, West would be a natural fit there as well.
A move to Los Angeles could be intriguing for West, especially if Chris Paul returns. When West and Paul were teammates in New Orleans, West was named a two-time NBA All-Star.
West is expected to return to Indiana next season, but his name will certainly be one to watch this offseason especially after his play this postseason.