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March 1, 2015 Updates

"We don't have any kids. We don't have guys that are knuckleheads or anything like that. We've got guys who are professional. We've got young guys who are trying to learn how to be professionals. We've got a good mix. When you have those components, that can get you through some tough times. We all like each other. And we've got a grown-man group, so that definitely helps." Bleacher Report

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The Indiana Pacers are looking to move one of their high-priced veterans, league sources say, in order to create salary-cap room to pursue Dragic, should he be available this summer. Power forward David West and point guard George Hill have been mentioned as available, and although center Roy Hibbert has not, the Pacers' interest in Dragic is believed to be strong enough that they'd move anyone other than Paul George to create the necessary cap space to get him. Bleacher Report

February 16, 2015 Updates

Marc Stein: My man @Zach Lowe writes of Toronto interest in David West. Hearing Indy leaning against trade unless West is one pushing to go. AND ... Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Garnett would have to waive his no-trade clause, and he does not enjoy change. West is an even trickier case. He has been available off and on in exchange for a first-round pick over the last couple of months, per several league sources, but Paul George’s potential mid-March return could change Indiana’s deadline stance. The Pacers are three games behind the no. 8 slot in the loss column, with a relatively easy and home-heavy schedule the rest of the way. If George really comes back on March 14 in Boston, as Marc Spears of Yahoo relayed over the weekend, Indy would have him for 18 of its final 28 games. Grantland

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Lineups featuring Hill and C.J. Miles hold some promise. In the bigger picture, the Pacers have to decide what they want to be this season — and how David West fits into that. There were rumblings about six weeks ago that the Pacers had made West available for a first-round pick, but those rumblings have quieted, and that price is probably too high. West is in decline and has a thorny player option for next season, but he can get you buckets in crunch time; the Pacers wouldn’t have escaped the Hawks last season without him. Grantland

February 5, 2015 Updates

The Raptors are one of several teams sniffing around for a roster upgrade, specifically at the power forward spot. A few names continue to surface around league sources when talking about Toronto, the biggest being Indiana’s David West, the next is Chicago’s Taj Gibson, then Denver’s Kenneth Faried and then there is a long list of B and C tier names that Toronto might consider at the deadline if all else fails. The Raptors are not offering much and that’s likely why there has been so little traction. There has been a long running joke among hoop heads that when Raptors president Masai Ujiri calls, you should say you are busy as you are about to get fleeced. Basketball Insiders

January 21, 2015 Updates

I do think trading David West is the best option for the Pacers. They should get something back for him, because I can’t see him staying in Indiana when it’s clear they’re not going to in contention. He’s nearing the end of his career and wants to play for a contender. Basketball Insiders

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But the explosion of Twitter, Instagram, Vine and other social media has erased the buffer between players and fans. Now, many players often make their feelings known without the filter of their agents or teams, and live with the reaction. "I get 'Shut up and play basketball,' I get 'You're racist,' I've gotten everything," West said by phone Friday. "I try to answer some stuff, but I know some people aren't worth responding to. But I also get, some of the funnier ones I've gotten from Heat fans were like, 'I've wanted you to lose the last two years, but I love the fact that you have the courage to speak out.' I get tons of positive feedback. In part, that's why I do it. I know there are young people that are looking for leadership, different points of view, a different image." NBA.com

"I feel like it's important to be a part of the world," West said. "It's important to know what's going on in the world. If you have something to say, have the courage to say it. What's going on in Ferguson, what happened in Ferguson, it's not new for us. It's just the more, the further we delve into this social media, this 24-hour news cycle, things are just being shown and displayed that weren't shown and displayed in the past. It was very unsettling for me ... as a father who has a young son. He's a 70-pound five-year-old, so he's going to be a big boy. So it's very, very unsettling. And at some point, there's got to be a demand that we are looked at differently, that we are treated differently, and the demands have to start with ourselves. We've got to demand that we treat one another better, and then we can't allow other folks to treat us and dehumanize us the way they do." NBA.com

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