HoopsHype David West rumors

January 4, 2014 Updates

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

December 8, 2013 Updates

"Yeah, it means a lot," Paul George said about beating the Spurs. "We haven't won here I think since 2002. So it definitely means that we're onto something. Something great is going on in here, if we can just continue to keep on this path we have a positive future." This team also knows its history and understood that the Pacers had lost 11 straight games in San Antonio. Even more, Indiana has only beaten the Spurs once here in 15 games during the Tim Duncan era. However, the streak ended behind George — scoring 28 points with a perfect 4-for-4 mark behind the 3-point line. And with the Pacers outscoring the Spurs 32-20 in the second quarter and a 35-point barrage in the third. "I just felt we did a good job of settling down," said David West, who finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. "I thought we put together one of our more complete games. I thought we connected." USA Today Sports

November 24, 2013 Updates

But West feels vindicated now, helping lead the Pacers to the same situation this past June -- a Game 7 loss to Miami in the conference finals -- and a league-best 11-1 record to start this season. Meanwhile, he watched as Allen himself snubbed Boston for a brighter future and the Celtics dealt Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn. The writing was on the wall two years ago, and that "absolutely" played into West's decision to choose these young Pacers. "Absolutely," reiterated West, who re-signed in Indiana for three years and $36.6 million this past summer. "I felt like the window here was a little different. Boston may have been able to compete that first year, but now it’s different. That was part of the thought process: How long would they keep that group together? And ultimately at this stage I just wanted to be part of a team that was going to compete these next few years for a championship." WEEI.com

November 23, 2013 Updates

But West feels vindicated now, helping lead the Pacers to the same situation this past June -- a Game 7 loss to Miami in the conference finals -- and a league-best 11-1 record to start this season. Meanwhile, he watched as Allen himself snubbed Boston for a brighter future and the Celtics dealt Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn. The writing was on the wall two years ago, and that "absolutely" played into West's decision to choose these young Pacers. "Absolutely," reiterated West, who re-signed in Indiana for three years and $36.6 million this past summer. "I felt like the window here was a little different. Boston may have been able to compete that first year, but now it’s different. That was part of the thought process: How long would they keep that group together? And ultimately at this stage I just wanted to be part of a team that was going to compete these next few years for a championship." WEEI

November 13, 2013 Updates

No other team this season comes close to having three big men in that scoring category. "(Coach Frank) Vogel, as well as the players, understand their strengths, so he gets them the ball where they can have the most success," the scout said. "It's a simple game when you do that. West and Scola are great pick-and-pop bigs. Hibbert is primarily a deep roll man but can make the 15-footer. Pick your poison." Bleacher Report

November 10, 2013 Updates
November 6, 2013 Updates

With 4:39 on the clock, West grabbed the 3,500th defensive rebound of his 11-year career. West spent much of that quarter throwing his body around with Chicago’s Carlos Boozer, but on that particular play, no “smash mouth” was necessary. West stood under the basket, free of any other players, and grabbed Derrick Rose’s missed jump shot. Indianapolis Star

July 10, 2013 Updates
July 2, 2013 Updates

The Pacers' agreement with forward David West on a three-year, $36 million deal on Tuesday coincided with ongoing exploration of possible trades for Danny Granger and Gerald Green, league sources said. Teams have been anticipating that the Pacers would be inclined to move one or both of them, especially if they re-signed West. The Pacers, who also have reached an agreement with backup point guard C.J. Watson, have to clear future room under the tax threshold as they plan for giving long-term deals to Paul George and Lance Stephenson. CBSSports.com

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