HoopsHype David West rumors

February 14, 2014 Updates

The Hornets had a talented young trio with Paul, West and center Tyson Chandler. New Orleans, however, traded Chandler to the Charlotte Bobcats for center Emeka Okafor in July 2009. West said after the Chandler trade that he and Paul began privately discussing the possibility of leaving New Orleans. "[Paul] knew I was going to leave because I knew he was leaving. We had open conversations about that," West said. "The writing was on the wall probably the season, two seasons before that last year." Yahoo! Sports

February 13, 2014 Updates

The Hornets had a talented young trio with Paul, West and center Tyson Chandler. New Orleans, however, traded Chandler to the Charlotte Bobcats for center Emeka Okafor in July 2009. West said after the Chandler trade that he and Paul began privately discussing the possibility of leaving New Orleans. "[Paul] knew I was going to leave because I knew he was leaving. We had open conversations about that," West said. "The writing was on the wall probably the season, two seasons before that last year." Yahoo! Sports

C.J. Paul, Chris Paul's brother and personal manager, said the "final straw" for his brother was when West told him he wouldn't be re-signing with the Hornets. West ended up signing as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 14, 2011 after the NBA lockout ended. "We had talked about possibly sticking together. But once he realized that I was gone, I knew he was definitely going to check out," West said. "It was time for us to find new space." Said Chris Paul: "I missed David West. My partner. My right hand man." Yahoo! Sports

The Hornets struck a blockbuster sending Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers to join Kobe Bryant in the backcourt post-lockout on the afternoon of Dec. 8, 2011. An hour later, the NBA-owned Hornets were told that NBA Commissioner David Stern nullified the deal for "basketball reasons." Stern, who retired earlier this year, didn't respond to an email in regards to that nullified deal. But new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said: "[Stern] was acting in the best interest of the franchise at the time when he made the decision and did what he felt was right for the team." Yahoo! Sports

Paul responded on Twitter simply with the word, "Wow," after the Lakers trade fell apart. C.J. Paul said his brother expected to play the 2011-12 season in New Orleans and become a free agent at season's end. "When his deal got rescinded to the Lakers, I knew he was very disappointed," West said. "He just wanted to find a new home and have a chance to start over." Yahoo! Sports

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A Yahoo report claimed Toronto's Kyle Lowry was the leading vote-getter among the non-selected Eastern Conference players. The prevailing theory is that Stephenson – who compiled his fourth triple-double on Thursday, more than the Eastern All-Star roster combined – was left out because of his occasional but dramatic gyrations following big shots during games. West didn't want to hear that. “That stuff is petty,” he said. “...The fact that he's beat (the other coaches' teams) and he's had great games against the majority of the coaches … he's a major reason we've been able to get (35) wins.” NBA.com

After the Pacers lost for only the second time in 23 games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season, David West said that there are no moral victories. “We’re not in this thing for moral victories,” said the man who represents the blue collar backbone of the East’s top squad. “We lost the game. We got beat.” NBA.com

January 19, 2014 Updates

For the first time in nearly five years, David West was kicked out of an NBA game. At the end of the first half of Saturday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-92, West extended an elbow to the head of Blake Griffin. West was initially issued a Flagrant Foul 1 but when officials reviewed the play, the call was escalated to a Flagrant Foul 2 which meant an automatic ejection from the game. "I just kind of got my arm locked," West said. "I was a little frustrated but I just lost my head for a little second." Indianapolis Star

Griffin's teammate Matt Barnes then wrapped his arms around West. After angrily wrestling free, West walked off the floor to the locker room. Minutes later, he learned that he would not be allowed back in the game. "David was pretty mad when he found out he was ejected," teammate Ian Mahinmi said. "We had his back. We're like a band of brothers and we always try to have each other's back." West confirmed Mahinmi's description. "Yeah, I was mad," West said. "I didn't realize I got thrown out because to me it wasn't that big of a deal. Once I found out (I was ejected), guys were ready to just play and go out to do what we had to do." Indianapolis Star

January 14, 2014 Updates

A general manager who has one of those three players [LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, David West] said he has not been contacted by the Clippers about dealing for his power forward, nor has he heard that the Clippers have expressed an interest in moving Griffin. Nor does the GM expect they will, for one particular reason: the owner. "Sterling is not going to do anything with Blake because he’s terrified they're going to say, 'See, you screwed it up again,'" the GM said. "Donald understands dunks and star power, not spacing the floor.” Bleacher Report

January 9, 2014 Updates
January 4, 2014 Updates

How close were you really to signing with Boston? Did you talk with Danny Ainge personally, and other people there? David West: Yeah, I talked to Ainge. I talked to Doc [Rivers]. I talked to Ray [Allen]. It was definitely out there. I was just trying to weigh immediacy over the long haul. Ultimately, I made the right choice. I mean, all those guys are gone. They're gone from Boston now. When I looked at everything, it made more sense for where I was in my career. Grantland

The Pacers lost to the Bulls in the first round the season before you signed with them. Did you see this kind of development coming? Did you like Paul George's game, or see Roy Hibbert becoming a rim protector like this? David West: Honestly, the only I guy I knew about was Danny [Granger]. I knew they were just about complete in terms of the next four to six years, with Paul [George] being in his second year, and all the other young guys. I knew there was going to be an opportunity to put my post in the ground here, if I was able to come in and have an impact. Grantland

December 28, 2013 Updates

Last week in Brooklyn – after the Pacers resoundingly beat the Nets, 103-86 – West responded to those hecklers with a reference to Billy King and the construction of a $190 million struggling team: “Blame the GM,” West wrote on Twitter. “There were a couple guys that were kind of ripping us throughout the game. They sit pretty close,” West explained before the Pacers hosted the Nets on Saturday. “They were hollering us. We hear that everywhere we go. That’s like the last option, when we’re about to win the game – like, “Y’all alright, but y’all ain’t gonna beat the Heat.’ It kind of gets on my nerves after a while. "I was just kind of playing around with (the tweet) A lot of it was about us. There were a couple fans on the way out of the arena saying things about us, about where we were, about how we weren’t going to beat the Heat and all that type of stuff. Everybody has a problem with the way our team looks, the way we play. We were put together too, you know what I’m saying." New York Daily News

The Nets had a chance to sign West as a free agent in 2011, but the 33 -year-old Teaneck native said Saturday Brooklyn wasn’t interested because of skepticism surrounding his surgically-repaired knee. “Kevin Durant said this a few years ago. This was before (the Thunder) even started winning out there. But he was talking about the fact their team had great chemistry, and they had a group of guys that enjoyed being around each other and at the time they weren’t big names. Ibaka might’ve still been a rookie. I’m not even sure if Perkins was there yet. But it was more about the fact that sometimes just the right mix of guys is enough, as opposed to trying to look on paper and say, ‘This dude has done this. This dude has done this. Let’s throw them together and see how they work,’” West said. “It’s about finding the right type of guy, the guy that’s going to come in and play hard every single day, practice every single day. New York Daily News

December 15, 2013 Updates

David West has been such an obvious influence on this team, in the locker room and on the court. What did you tell him to convince him to come here? Because he could have gone to Boston for more money. Larry Bird: Years ago, Donnie told me you're going to be sitting here one of these days and somebody's going to call, either for a trade or a free agent, and they're going to want to be here. We talked to David's agent, but we didn't spend a lot of time on it because we were looking at other players. One day I was sitting here and got a call from his agent and he said, 'Hey, why aren't you guys going after David a little harder? Because he wants to be there.' I said, 'We're talking about it every day, but I'm very concerned because he's coming off a significant (knee) injury.' He goes, 'We'll do whatever to show you that he's ready to play. He hasn't played a lot of basketball. But we feel he's ready to go.' NBA.com

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