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Pacers ink David West for 2 years, $20 million

Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 3:56 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverdavid-west

An All-Star bolted from the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday, but it wasn't Chris Paul.

David West, a 2-time All-Star power forward, has agreed to a 2-year contract worth $20 million with the Indiana Pacers, Yahoo Sports and NBA.com reported. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has confirmed the deal.

"David is ready to help them win a championship," agent Lance Young told NBA.com.

"David looks at the Pacers as a good young team with lot of potential," Young told the Indianapolis Star.

The deal comes after a rumored sign-and-trade between the Hornets and Boston Celtics failed to reach completion. That deal reportedly would have sent veteran center Jermaine O'Neal and pieces to the Hornets in exchange for West; it also reportedly would have paid West $24 million over three years, according to Berger.

West was ranked as the No. 3 free agent on CBSSports.com's top-40 free agents list, behind only Denver Nuggets center Nene Hilario and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol

The Pacers were one of a few teams that entered the free agency period with significant cap space, and they put it to good use here. $10 million for West at this point is a fair price, assuming he is fully healthy, and keeping the deal at two years is excellent protection against statistical decline due to aging. He plugs into a frontcourt that already boasts Danny Granger and center Roy Hibbert, giving the Pacers a nice complement of toughness, perimeter versatility and scoring.

That, plus reserve bigs Jeff Foster and Tyler Hansbrough and a talented backcourt featuring George Hill, Paul George and Darren Collison, gives the Pacers have a very talented and balanced core group.

Indiana is also reportedly working to swing a deal for Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo, according to ESPN.com. All told, the West signing and a trade for Mayo could vault Indiana several notches up the Eastern Conference standings, where they finished as the No. 8 seed last season. A best case scenario could see Indiana competing for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

West, 31, averaged 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season for the Hornets, the only NBA team he has played for during his 8-year NBA career. The 2-time All-Star tore his ACL back in March but decided to opt out anyway. He was declared healthy in October.
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Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:39 am
 

Pacers ink David West for 2 years, $20 million


@ also what I maybe didn't explain well is this. Yes it's not a "double team" but when CP3 blows by his man, West's man often has to step up and try to deny his path to the basket. This means that there are now two men on Paul, and West get's an easy roll to the basket. Like I said I think West is a good player, I just don't know how good. Remember Kenyon Martin put up huge numbers in NJ because of Jason Kidd. Great point guards draw two men to them an kick the ball creating easy scoring. West game will suffer some by not having CP3 just not sure how much.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:34 am
 

Pacers ink David West for 2 years, $20 million


@  point guards get doubled when teams run a blitz defense. Instead of waiting for a team to run the pick and roll the big "jumps" the pick and he and his teams PG try to double the other teams PG. This is very effective if the other team tries to run a pick and roll from the side of the court where the sidelines can be an "extra" defender. This defense was created by Pat Riley and perfected by George Karl.  Good defensive teams don't sit there and "let" other teams run pick and rolls. Maybe you haven't watched how good defensive teams with mobil bigs (Celtics with KG, Chicago with Noah) do this. 



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Pacers ink David West for 2 years, $20 million

will West post the same numbers when you don't have a PG you need to double?
What are you talking about?  Do you even watch basketball?  Explain when a PG gets "doubled".  He runs the pick and roll, the big man shows, he drives, the defense collapses.  That's it.  The closest thing to a "double" in the NBA is when a post guy commands help from the wing.  In fact, when he's rolling, West has been that kind of guy. 



Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Pacers ink David West for 2 years, $20 million

Next up is a 2 guard. Crawford or Mayo in the Blue and Gold! That's going to make a nice team w/ West. TBrough and PGeorge off the bench. Studly up front.

In 2012, here comes Mr. Gordon!



Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Pacers ink David West for 2 years, $20 million

That's an agent being an agent.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:24 am
 

Pacers ink David West for 2 years, $20 million

Great sign. The Pacers are looking fantastic on paper. It will be interesting to see if it translates into as many wins as it should.



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:45 am
 

Pacers ink David West for 2 years, $20 million

The Heat have the opposite of a deep bench.  Just saying...



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:35 am
 

Pacers ink David West for 2 years, $20 million

This is a heck of a deal for the pacers....not too much invested in one player at a high price.  Remember two years ago when Chris Paul went down with injury and Collison took over?  It was pretty much Collison and West that kept that team alive for almost half a season!  Its nice to know that West is familiar with our PG.  And also a good complement to Hibbert!  Im so excited for this season!!  Pacers have got to have the deepest bench in the league besides the (who cares) heat!   GO PACERS!!



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:05 am
 

Pacers ink David West for 2 years, $20 million

I love this deal for the Pacers.  With the young talent they have to surround West (Hibbert, Hill, Collison, Hansborough), this team could seriously sneak up on the competition.  I think Dunleavy signing with the Bucks was a good thing for Indy.  Clear the slate of big contracts and focus on the future.  Its been awhile since the Pacers have seriously competed for a top notch playoff position, and this year should reep benefit of their offseason moves.  I personally love Collison, who, in my opinion, could be the Most Improved Player in 2012.  Hansborough brings his lunch pail and Granger is a certified All Star.  Seriously - watch out for Indy this season.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:04 am
 

Pacers ink David West for 2 years, $20 million

I'm still not sure how good West really is? I'm not saying he sucks, he's a good player but how good? How much of his game was CP3's doing. George Hill is a good player but will West post the same numbers when you don't have a PG you need to double? Also don't the Pacers just seem to be too much in love with 3's and 4's?


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