NBA: David West To Join San Antonio Spurs, Refuses $12 Million Deal
San Antonio Spurs have successfully lured free agent David West for the basketball player’s minimum of $1.5 million for the next season.
Spurs started “aggressively” pursuing West after they signed a long term deal with free agent LaMarcus Aldridge. West, whose stint with the Indiana Pacers lasted four seasons, reportedly bowed out of a deal that could have fetched him $12 million for the 2015-16 season.
According to CBS Sports, among the teams that wanted to sign West was the Washington Wizards. But his intention of joining a contender was highlighted by his pulling out of a deal that gave him $10.5 million more.
Currently, the Spurs’ roster comprises of West, Kyle Anderson, Boris Diaw and Manu Ginobili. West’s impressive defense and mid-range shooting will add value to the Spurs and even make them a strong contender for the championship.
With an average of 11.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting, he pulled down 6.8 rebounds per game the past season, as reported by ESPN.
Some of the other teams in addition to the Wizards who showed interest in signing up West, and were ready to offer him more money, were the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.
In an interview with WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, West said, “At this point in my career, it’s all about winning. And again, 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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