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David West Should Be The Most Wanted Free Agent Left

NBA teams have committed billions on the first day of free agency with mega-deals for all the top names that signed, but the Pacers big man David West should be the most wanted free agent left on the board for a select group of teams because he doesn’t want your money per USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick.

David West is willing to put his money where his mouth is – even if he loses quite a bit of it in the process.

“At this point in my career, it’s all about winning,” West said. “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.”

West turns 35 later this year, but he still managed 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 28.7 minutes for the Pacers last year. He still shot over 47 percent from the field and remains a mid-range assassin from 16 feet out to the three-point line and a nearly unstoppable beast under the basket. For a rebounding challenged team, West continues to vacuum up almost 20 percent of all the available defensive rebounds and he knows what to do with the ball, West is a great passer for a big man.

Acquiring West isn’t for the long term, he provides leadership and impact right now and the prudent team would have a younger energetic backup as West isn’t going to be soaking up huge minutes. However, he could still be the difference between being a good team and a real threat in the right situation.

It really isn’t all that hard to see which teams are missing what West could provide to them next season – Toronto.



Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.