Woj on West: “And then David West, going into this year, people around David West said this was going to be his last year and I remember talking to him in the preseason about that in going down to San Antonio and he thought, like, ‘could be.’ And I think now he enjoyed that year so much in San Antonio, he’s a free agent – of course they’d want to keep him. I’ll say this about David West – whenever he decides to retire, he will be the most sought after front office executive in the league. Everybody in the league wants to get David West in their front office. He’s going to be a GM someday, if that’s what he wants to do, but boy, I know like it will be hard to pluck him out, once he’s gotten into San Antonio, I would be shocked if he doesn’t have the opportunity to get in their front office, but I know other organizations would love to get him. The league office, David West – he’s everything you want in a player, a leader, a great thinker, a high character guy, and the Spurs loved having him and they really hope he plays another year.”
Tom Orsborn: David West has decided not to pick up option w/#Spurs, his agent said. "He hasn't 100 % even decided to play," Jeff Austin said.
Quixem Ramirez: First Spurs offseason dominos: Manu Ginobili ($2.9 million) and David West ($1.6 million) have until tomorrow to decide on their player options.
San Antonio Spurs forward David West has decided to decline his $1.5 million player option for 2016-17 and evaluate his playing future, league sources told The Vertical. [...] David West, 35, now faces a final decision on continuing his playing career, and would assuredly consider a return to the Spurs. The Spurs could give West a more lucrative deal depending on their free-agent pursuits.
Shams Charania: Spurs forward David West will decline his $1.55M player option for 2016-17 and evaluate playing future, league sources tell The Vertical.
Asked if he’s made a decision, or even thought about it, West followed Duncan’s formula – he’ll wait and listen. “I have no idea,” West told the Express-News. “I really just want to see what my body tells me when it’s all said and done. I think that’s the best way to put it. My body will tell me what to do and what direction I should go. … You (have) got to have the energy and the will to want to get after it again.”
West smiled when asked about going out on top should the Spurs win it all. He’ll be 36 before next season. West wants to do other things in his life, possibly entering the teaching professor at an HBCU (Historical Black Colleges and Universities). Unlike many, West has a choice with that player option at his disposal. The time will come to ponder what the next move is. Right now, there is more basketball to play. Said West: “I’m enjoying this right now. Just enjoying all the records, being able to be around these guys, and enjoying the opportunities I have.”
David Aldridge: Free agent forward David West has agreed to terms with the Spurs, per league sources.
Brian Windhorst: Cavs indeed have interest in David West. But LeBron James has no plans to communicate with anyone while still a free agent, sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Spurs are aggressively pursuing free agent David West with a veteran minimum offer now, sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Candace Buckner: I'm hearing the Cleveland Cavaliers have "huge interest" in David West. Most definitely aligns with his desire to play for a contender
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Wizards pushing hard to land David West. Would be nice rally to get both Jared Dudley and D-West after losing Paul Pierce
David Aldridge: Situation same as last night's reporting re: Wiz/David West. They'd love to use MLE 4 him, but he's scanning the post LaMarcus/Jordan field.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say David West is most likely to wind up with one of two teams after leaving Indiana: San Antonio or Washington
David West is willing to put his money where his mouth is – even if he loses quite a bit of it in the process. According to a person with knowledge of his situation, the free agent forward who declined a $12.2 million player option to stay with the Indiana Pacers next season, has serious interest in playing for the San Antonio Spurs or the Golden State Warriors. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the free agency process.
Steve Kyler: "At this point in my career, I just want to win," David West told WTHR.com's @bkravitz. "I'm just not sure the Pacers are in title contention right now. I'm going into my 13th season. I just don't know if the team is in the position to win right now and I didn't know if I'd have that opportunity to win a title. I don't want to be in a position where we're just fighting to make the playoffs. I want to be in a spot where we can legitimately taste the finals"
Bob Kravitz: Not the reason he left, but West was very annoyed at the way the Pacers, specifically Bird, took shots at Hibbert during post-season presser
Marc Stein: Hearing that the Knicks -- besides presumed free agent targets such as L-Aldridge/G-Monroe/D-Carroll -- will get a meeting with David West. How far Knicks go with David West obviously depends on how far they get with other targets, but he's said to be serious name on their board
Jared Zwerling: League source: David West is "very likely" to sign with the Knicks come FA. "He knew that before he chose not to opt in" with the Pacers.
Candace Buckner: Just confirmed thru another league source: Once again, D West is NOT picking up option w/ #Pacers. Source said West made up mind yesterday. West not picking up $12.6 M clearly means this was not a money decision. He turns 35 in August, but still has “passion” to play, per source
Jared Zwerling: As Greg Monroe is a top choice for NY, I'm told, will be intrigue w/ David West. Tough leader NY needs, plays 4. Melo/West/Monroe frontline?
Candace Buckner: Just in: Heard from my source that David West will not exercise his player option and will become a free agent. Story coming soon.
September 16, 2021 | 8:59 am EDT Update
Jorge Sierra: Free agent guard Isaiah Thomas will be working out with the Warriors next week, sources tell me and @Michael Scotto.
With the understanding that things can change — it’s a business, things can change with you, things change with the organization — as we sit here right now, do you see yourself in Toronto long term? Pascal Siakam: I do. I’m a really prideful person and I always want to be the best player that I can be, and the bubble wasn’t that. So I get it, I understand it, but also for me what really hurt me is one of those things about my dad or like, “Oh, your dad wouldn’t have been proud of this.” [Siakam’s father died in a car accident in 2014.]
Was there any irritation from you toward the Raptors that your name was surfacing so much in trade rumors? Pascal Siakam: It didn’t bother me really, because I never really heard anything from the Raptors. Even all the news I was seeing it was never like: “Oh. The Raptors wanted to give up Siakam for this.” It was always like, “The Warriors like Pascal,” or it was always, “The Kings like Pascal,” or this. There was never nothing where it was like, “The Raptors wanted to give away Pascal.”
Were you surprised that Kyle Lowry left for Miami? Pascal Siakam: I wouldn’t say I was surprised by it because obviously I could see it coming. When I was a rookie, these were the people that we look up to, right? It was Kyle. It was DeMar [DeRozan]. Kyle was like our big brother. We looked up to him and DeMar. So it was weird, obviously, to see them go. Sometimes, I’ll be thinking, “OK, Kyle is not here anymore, right?” You don’t really put it in perspective. Some of the questions obviously about what the team wants to do and things like that, they ask you. And before you felt like all those questions, I didn’t really have to answer them, because I felt like Kyle was there and now he’s not there.
How is rehab going? Pascal Siakam: I was expecting it to be worse, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I would say just, I think the first two weeks or three weeks was the worst, just because I couldn’t sleep. I have to find a position to get comfortable. I had to sleep on the couch for two weeks because I couldn’t sleep on the bed. I’m a side sleeper. So I couldn’t do that. Are you even shooting or doing anything basketball-wise? Pascal Siakam: Yes. I’m shooting, ball handling. I think at this point in the process I look better than I thought I was expecting at least or I’m doing more than I thought I would do at that time.
September 16, 2021 | 8:32 am EDT Update
Dusan Ivkovic passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning in a Belgrade hospital, with the first information from the Serbian media reporting that he had collected fluid in his lungs. Ivkovic was known as one of the most influential coaches in European and world basketball, having won numerous titles in his 46 years active.
Pau Gasol: “I keep thinking about my future, I don’t see myself on any team other than Barça.” On retirement: “I keep thinking about whether to continue or not. It will not be an easy decision and when I know it I will let you know. I have been a professional for 23 years and I am considering all the factors to make a decision soon and be able to communicate it. I have not made a decision 100 percent. If I look back it has been many years enjoying very interesting things.”
AS Monaco is adding guard Mike James to their bolstered roster for the 2021-22 season, as first reported by Home of Glory and Donatas Urbonas, also confirmed by Eurohoops sources. James, 31, who recently parted ways with CSKA Moscow was on the lookout for a new team while training individually in Moscow in the meantime.