NBA Rumor: David West Free Agency

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“I’ve always tried to maintain. I never want to finish the season on a downward spiral,” West said. “I never want my body aching. So I’m doing what I have to do to make sure my body is mentally in a good space.” As a result, Kerr has jokingly teased West about delaying off retirement, a decision West will take more seriously once the summer approaches. After all, West had considered retiring last year before deciding otherwise after winning his first NBA championship.

The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors have re-signed free agents Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West to contracts, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not released. Curry, 29, averaged a team-high 25.3 points per game (10th in the NBA) in 2016-17 to go with 6.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.81 steals (seventh) in 33.4 minutes over 79 games, earning All-NBA Second Team honors. The two-time MVP led the league in three-point field goals for a fifth consecutive year, following his NBA-record 402 threes in 2015-16 with 316 triples in 2016-17, including an NBA single-game record 13 threes on Nov. 7 vs. New Orleans. Curry upped his averages to 28.1 points, 6.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds in 35.4 minutes over 17 games in the 2017 postseason, helping Golden State capture its second title in three seasons. In eight career seasons with the Warriors, Curry owns averages of 22.8 points, 6.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.79 steals and is the franchise’s all-time leader in three-point field goals (1,917, 10th in NBA history).

However, the veteran big man broached the subject on Uninterrupted’s Open Run podcast posted Thursday. Retire or return? “I’m thinking about it. I’m kinda leaning toward playing again,” said West, a free agent as of Friday. “Probably just gonna give it a couple more days or so just to keep running it through my head. But if I do keep playing, it’s gonna be out here. It’s just such a great spot. I really enjoyed the environment, enjoy the guys.”

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent forward David West, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. West, 35, averaged 7.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 18.0 minutes in 78 regular-season games (19 starts) with the San Antonio Spurs in 2015-16. The 6-9 forward shot 54.5 percent from the field and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. In 10 playoff games during his lone season with the Spurs, he averaged 5.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.6 minutes.

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.”

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 West targeting Spurs and Warriors

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”
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