David West is an unrestricted free agent who could attract plenty of attention on the free agent market, but don’t expect West to be playing all of his cards and looking for the biggest contract. According to reports, West is perfectly content sticking in Indiana and helping the team on another postseason run.
West, 32, completed his two-year, $20 million contract this season and heads into the free agency period without a deal. But both sides have been saying all the right things to indicate that West will remain with the Pacers.
“(West) knows we’re in a great position moving forward,” Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard said in a recent interview with The Indianapolis Star. “He’s priority No. 1 and come July 1, we’ll have a lot of conversations.”
“I’m not (expletive) dumb,” West said. “I don’t plan on going anywhere. This is my team. These are my guys.”
Last season for the Pacers, West averaged 17.1 points. In the post season his production dropped slightly to 15.9, but he was still a key contributor to the team.
Indiana is one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and West knows that they give him a great chance of winning, so no one should be shocked that he wants to do what it takes to return to the Pacers locker room.
Free agency kicked off just after midnight, so be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the free agency period as we keep you up to date with the latest news and rumors from around the league.