HoopsHype David West rumors

July 2, 2013 Updates

Keeping West had been the major priority of the Pacers' offseason, and his strong desire to return to the organization made negotiations go smoothly. West hasn't seriously considered another team. Yahoo! Sports

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The mission for the Pacers’ front office this summer will be identical to what it was a year ago: Bring the core players back. Last summer, the team paid a combined $98 million to keep a pair of starters, Roy Hibbert and George Hill, in Indiana uniforms. This year’s key free agent is veteran power forward David West. Team president Donnie Walsh and general manager Kevin Pritchard made that clear this morning in a news conference. “We want him back as much as you can want anyone back,” Walsh said. “We think he’s one of the anchors of the team.” Indianapolis Star

June 6, 2013 Updates

There are a number of issues staring at the Pacers this summer — none more important than re-signing West, the team’s veteran power forward. “He’s a huge, huge part of our culture and our success,” Vogel said of West. “I’m pretty sure he wants to come back and I’m very sure we want him back.” Indianapolis Star

June 4, 2013 Updates

When asked following Game 7 if he’d thought about where he’d like to play next season, West made it as clear as possible that the Pacers will be his first, and possibly only choice. “That’s something I’ll sit down and discuss, but this is my group,” West said. “These are my guys. You know, I can’t see myself going anywhere else. We’re the second best team in the Eastern Conference, one of the top four teams in the league, in my estimation, based on this year. “This group is a solid group,” he added. “Gives me as an individual the best chance to accomplish the goals that I have left in terms of my future, and that’s competing at this stage of the game every single year from here on out.” NBCSports.com

One by one, most of the Pacers made their way over to the Miami Heat to congratulate them for advancing to the NBA Finals for the third straight season. But there were two players who had zero interest in shaking hands with the team they’ll continue to chase as long as LeBron James is on the Heat – or any other team in the Eastern Conference. Roy Hibbert and David West – like Boston’s Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo last season – weren’t interested with shaking hands, giving daps or giving hugs to the Heat. Indianapolis Star

June 3, 2013 Updates
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Chris Mannix: Asked a few execs what David West will be worth this summer. Consensus is a three-four year deal at $11-13 mill per year. Twitter @ChrisMannixSI

Frank Vogel could see it in David West’s pale face and wilting jump shot. He saw it each time West lumbered up and down the court, the usual fervor that had defined his game nowhere to be seen. West woke up Saturday with a fever north of 100 degrees, sat out the morning shootaround and missed all seven of his shots in the first half. He was sapped, and his coach knew it. “I need to get you out,” Vogel told his power forward midway through the second quarter. West shook his head. He wasn’t coming out. Not on this night. Not with the season on the line. “We’ve come too far for me not to play,” West would say later. “I wasn’t 100 percent, but I had to play.” Indianapolis Star

It was one clutch play after another from West, 103-degree fever be damned. It was Game 6. The season was on the line. He wasn’t quitting. “If his heart was out of his body, he’d have still tried to play,” teammate George Hill said. “He’s a fighter,” added Lance Stephenson. And from Paul George: “We’ll take David West any day, sick or healthy.” Indianapolis Star

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