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David West is playing things the Melo way in NOLA

Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:27 am
Edited on: January 25, 2011 11:33 am
Posted by Royce Young

At some point, we're going to have to talk about every player out there that can become a free agent this summer. So this time, it's David West.

West has an early termination option in his contract that will allow him to become a free agent July 1. West's current deal decreases each season and it will go from $8.28 million this season to $7.52 million for 2011-12. That's why most believe he will exercise the option and become a free agent, even though it will coincide with a new collective bargaining agreement, instead of signing a new deal.

A risk, but one it sounds like West is willing to take. Especially since it doesn't look like he'll be getting an extension from the Hornets right now, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Reportedly, there is an extension offer from general manager Dell Demps currently, but West has decided not to deal with that stuff until after the season. So in other words, if this was Denver, we'd all be freaking out and trying to trade him, right?

"I've been saying the same thing: I'm just going to wait until the end of the year, and I want to make the best decision I can make in terms of my future," West told The Times-Picayune Monday night. "I've had an opportunity to talk with Dell. We have an understanding in terms of what's out there, but I'm just going to play ball right now."

Funny how that's like the same thing we heard from people before. West may very well sign in New Orleans again over the summer, but he's saying things that have made others try and trade their stars.

What's interesting though, is how this situation will be handled with the NBA owning the Hornets. West's contract will be the first big one the league will have to figure out and with the team in New Orleans for a while longer after meeting the attendance benchmark, it's something people will have their eye closely on.

As for West, he's probably curious as to what teammate Chris Paul is thinking. Being down in New Orleans could be a pretty lonely place without CP3 and West knows it. So he's waiting for the summer, risking some money and weighing his options. I think we've heard this story before.

Category: NBA

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:03 pm

David West is playing things the Melo way in NOLA

I think the title: "NBA Facts and Rumors" says it all.

Any rumor posted on here isn't a fact and is pure speculation. There's very little research being done that could provide any insight as to what is going on. "Reportedly there is an offer in place", "it sounds like a risk West is willing to take", etc. This is all speculation and all of it could easily be wrong.

And sadly this is what the media is becoming. As we turn to blogging, very little attention is being paid to getting things right. It's all about the hits, the advertisements, and the money.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:47 pm

David West is playing things the Melo way in NOLA

@Raptor's Delight -- spoken like a moron with a "6" reputation.

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:16 pm

David West is playing things the Melo way in NOLA

I've never taken a higher education class either.

I can still conduct my business in a curtious manner and respect people.

I agree that Melo is a child, but d west aint no saint buddy.

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 5:19 pm

David West is playing things the Melo way in NOLA

Did this joker just compare the way David West is handling his business  to the way that Carmello is handling his business???  Let me shine a light on this for you.....David West is a man.  College grad.  Humble.  Hard working and respected.    Carmello is a child.  Never took a higher education class in his life.  Narcicistic.  Punk MF.  Got it?

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:19 pm

David West is playing things the Melo way in NOLA

And seriously, has anyone ever opted for free agency and resigned with the team in the history of the league?  I believe it's happened.  Testing up the market and driving up the price is smart business.  It's not an indication or even a statement that he wants to leave.  West has been very private about this and is normally a private person which separates him from the attention hogs such as a LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, even a Chris Paul, etc.  Do you give anyone the benefit of the doubt anymore or is it "he turned down an extension so let me write a vague article insinuating that he's distancing himself from the team so that he can leave because Chrsi Paul is going to leave and he doesn't want to be alone and the NBA owns the team so they can't pay checks which will make the team have to relocate."  I mean come on.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:13 pm

David West is playing things the Melo way in NOLA

Yawwwwwwn.  Royce making another post belittling the Hornets and centering it on speculation and uncertainty surrouding the team.  Yawwwwwn.  The same guy that said they would suck.  Yawwwwwwwn.  The same guy that said Chris Paul would be gone.  Yawwwwwwn.  The same guy that said it was unfair for a business to buy tickets to keep the team in the city.  Yawwwwwwwn. 

Royce you are a pathetic, disgraceful, horrible columnist.  You offer nothing new or insightful and your accusations of Chris Paul being only a handful of floppers in the league shows how well you cover the sport.  I go to college, have a job, and juggle lives with a family and a spouse outside of it and make time to cover the league.  You're payed to professionaly cover the league and it's a shame that I am more knowledgable about stuff outside of "OMGZ MIAMI, L.A. AND BOSTON!" than you are. 

Get a clue.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:27 pm

David West is playing things the Melo way in NOLA

dude, there is so much mor ethat goes into that than what your little brain can come up with. stick to your day job and let dell do his.

Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:10 pm

David West is playing things the Melo way in NOLA

or you let him go where he wants and use the available cap room to sign whoever you want.... As a hornets fan and someone who lives blocks from the arena i can personally say im soooo glad hes handling this the right way along with the hornets...

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:50 pm

New Orleans has to trade West......

The Hornets have to trade West or risk losing him to free agency.  If I were GM, Dell Demps, I'd sit down with West and explain that we need a decision now or else the team has to protect itself.  Offer the guy more money to stay and see what happens.  If he says no or still pulls the no decision crap, you have to protect the future of your franchise by moving him for assets.  Otherwise, he walks and you are left with nothing but memories.  This is a no brainer.

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