Warriors forward David West could extend his 15-year NBA career depending on one important variable. “The biggest thing for me is with health and making sure my mind is cool,” said the 37-year-old West, who postponed retirement after winning his first NBA championship last June. “We’re gearing up for a good playoff run. To get yourself there, there has to be a shift.”
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West showed an amused smile over all the platitudes. But even if he said he feels “pretty good” in his 15th NBA season, West said he will handle the retirement question with the same deliberation he plays the game. “I’ll just wait and see how my body feels and how my mind feels. We’re a long way from now,” West said following Monday’s morning shootaround. “I’m just going to keep preparing every single day.”
“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.
How long does West plan to keep playing? “I don’t know what I’m going to do at the end of the season,” West said. “It all depends on how my body feels. Right now I feel good. I’ll worry about that later.”
The first four weeks of what may be David West’s final season have made quite the statement. His game is simply not ready for retirement. Yet West considered just that last summer, in the wake of being on a championship team for the first time in his 14-year career. “You’ve got to think about every year, for these last three or four years,” West said on this week’s Warriors Insider Podcast. “You always think about it. It’s something you’re marching toward. When the season was over, I took time to enjoy what we had done, what we had accomplished.”
“One of the things that stood out for me that he said is that he still has the fire to compete, and that’s the one thing that’s probably still burning for me,” West said. “You want to compete. You want to face new challenges. When you get older, you have to figure out different ways to be productive and how to deal with younger and more explosive (competitors). That’s a challenge that’s intriguing to me. “With all of that thrown in, and on top of the fact that this is a great environment to be in — I’m learning every single day — it just felt right to come on back and give it another shot.”
Monte Poole: David West took a couple weeks to decide between retirement and returning to the #Warriors. Wanted one more year of this.
Mark Medina: David West on if this is definitely his last NBA season: “Maybe yes, maybe no.” He said it depends on how he feels at end of the season
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.”
West, who turns 37 in August, averaged 4.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in 68 regular-season games and added 4.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game during the playoffs. “Health-wise I feel good,” West said. “It’s just a part of the grind. We ask our bodies and our minds to do a lot, so at this stage, I have to consider it just about every offseason. Think about it, just make the smart decision.”
If free agent David West chooses to continue his playing career, the Cleveland Cavaliers are one of many teams interested in acquiring the power forward, league sources informed cleveland.com.
West, 35, is “still weighing all of his options,” cleveland.com was told. Retirement is one, following his lone season with the San Antonio Spurs.
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.
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.
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The Kings are exploring all options with the second pick, said a source familiar with the team’s thinking. The front office sees elite talent in this draft, and multiple players and scenarios are being explored. The Kings have traded down in each of the last two drafts, so that cannot be ruled out.
An ESPN report suggested the Kings had cooled on Doncic and general manager Vlade Divac passed on watching the Slovenian in the EuroLeague Final Four. Divac, however, did attend Real Madrid’s semifinal game and, according to a league source, the Kings had two additional scouts at the semifinal and final.
There are some in the NYK front office who love Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. and Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr. Of course, it’s worth noting that this may not be a uniform opinion throughout the front office. But even if it is, it’s unlikely that either player will be available when the Knicks pick.
Also, some in the Knicks front office have Mikail Bridges ranked ahead of Miles Bridges at the moment. Both players could be available at No. 9 and, again, neither has worked out individually for the Knicks yet.
Privately, some members of the front office have been mentioning the same thing regarding the idea of taking a point guard, essentially saying that it wouldn’t make sense to select a PG given the current roster. This would seem to be another sign that the organization is confident in 2017 first-round pick Frank Ntilikina. Again, it’s worth noting that this opinion may not be uniform throughout the Knicks’ front office.