HoopsHype David West rumors

March 9, 2014 Updates

Things haven't been right for a while. David West had sounded the alarm as far back as early February. Now, his teammates have picked up on it. And it wasn't simply the three-game slide that roused the Pacers awake, but the open communication that followed each frustrating loss. It started with a small gathering between West and Rasual Butler near the post-game spread after the heartbreaker to the Golden State Warriors. Then in Charlotte, in the back corner of the visitor's locker room, Ian Mahinmi and Roy Hibbert could be seen sitting and conversing with West. By Friday night, the conference had grown and the conversation lasted longer. Indianapolis Star

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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

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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

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