Free-agent power forward David West has agreed to a deal with the San Antonio Spurs.
West’s deal is for the $1.4 million veteran's minimum, reports Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. Last month, West opted out of the final year of his contract with the Indiana Pacers that would have paid him $12.6 million in 2015–2016. West signed a three-year, $36.6 million deal with the Pacers in 2013.
West, who will turn 35 in August, averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds over 28.7 minutes per game last season. The Pacers finished 38–44, missing the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. West later said he opted out of his contract because the Pacers would not be title contenders in 2015–2016.
“At this point in my career, I just want to win,” West told WTHR.com at the time. “I’m just not sure the Pacers are in title contention right now. I’m going into my 13th season. I'll be 35 soon ... 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.”
Over his 12-year career with New Orleans and Indiana, West has averaged 15.5 points and 7.2 rebounds over 815 games.
Signing West caps a resounding offseason for the Spurs, who agreed to terms with four-time All-Star and former Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge on a four-year, $80 million maximum deal last week. San Antonio also brought back guard Danny Green and forward Kawhi Leonard on multi-year deals, and will have guard Manu Ginobili back for one more season.
The Spurs finished 55–27 last season before losing to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference quarterfinals.
- Mike Fiammetta