As power forward David West opted-out of the final season of his contract with the Indiana Pacers, rumors started to circulate around NBA. Yes, Wes might be leaving the Indianapolis soon, but where will this veteran player join next?
Since he will not exercise the $12.6 million player option of his contract, West will become a free agent this summer.
But according to Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling, he’s “very likely” to sign with the Knicks. Surely, Phil Jackson’s team has a huge cap room which will be likely used on West as well as Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe.
The 6-foot-nine Indiana veteran averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes per game last season. He would certainly add a much-needed dose of toughness in the Knicks roster.
“His assists rose from 2.8 to 3.4, a career high. And in a season when ball movement seemed to be preached more than any other facet of the game, West was a willing distributor; his passes often leading to open looks for shooters like C.J. Miles and Rodney Stuckey,” Pacers’ writer Greg Rappaport said.
Well, the Knicks need the 34-year-old West because his versatility and good passing instinct can boost the squad’s lackluster inside presence. Now that they are currently lacking efficient playmakers, the New Jersey native can be one of the few who can assist the Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.
Signing West seems to be part of a Knicks’ bigger plan to get back to the playoffs as soon as possible. David and the recently drafted Kristaps Porzingis could be of great help to the New Yorks Knicks as they plan to have a big comeback following their worst NBA season.
Who knows, the soon-to-be-free-agent West may be a perfect fit in the New York Knicks roster. If this happens, the power forward veteran would be playing with his former contenders. Well, I’m sure the Knicks fans can’t wait for this big guy to play with the Knicks and show everybody what he got.