“I want to thank the Celtics and Coach Stevens because they gave me the opportunity,” Datome said. “I think I showed that I can play at this level. But if I play another year in the NBA, I would like to be one of those guys who plays every night.” Datome understands that he has to wait for these opportunities to take shape. His calls will come later this month. He admits that he can earn more money playing in Europe, where a nightly 35-minute role would be guaranteed. “There are some real opportunities in Europe,” he said. “But right now I am thinking about nothing.”
It’s unlikely that Justin Holiday returns to the defending champion Warriors. The reserve guard, brother of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, is expected to sign a free agent contract with another club. Holiday was undrafted and on the Warriors’ roster for the entire season, playing 59 games and averaging 4.3 points. The Warriors have so much guard depth, Holiday is forced to look for more playing time elsewhere.
David West turned down $12 million from the Indiana Pacers to play for a contender. The Cavs might just be that team. The Cavaliers are interested in the free agent forward, a league source confirmed. The interest appears mutual, although USA Today reported the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors are also high on West’s list. The Spurs are still in pursuit of West even after landing LaMarcus Aldridge on Saturday. West, who turns 35 next month, averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds last season for the Pacers. He declined a player option worth $12.2 million for next season because he wants to win.