Tag:David West
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:39 pm

Ray Allen calls out David West for picking Pacers

Posted by Royce Young

For a couple of hours, the Boston Celtics thought they landed a premier power forward to help make one more run at a championship. But then David West changed his mind and went to the Pacers, taking more money in the process.

West took a two-year, $20 million deal from the Pacers, turning down a three-year, $29 million offer from Boston. (The Celtics deal was a sign-and-trade thing and really complicated.) And while that deal is better for West in three ways -- a) he gets more money b) it's less years meaning he can get back on the market after proving his knee is fine and c) he gets to be a starter whereas in Boston he'd be playing behind Kevin Garnett.

Yes, he'd have a better chance at a championship, but that dog doesn't always rule for some players. They all want it, but there are other factors. Doesn't matter to Ray Allen though, who told ESPN Boston that West done messed up.

“Once it got down to the end, I think his ego kicked back in,” Allen said. “He wanted the dollars. I guess it comes down to ‘What is a championship worth to you?’

“Think of all the guys who have made $20 million and could be considered one of the best ever, but they get chided because they never won. We [the Big Three] all had to do less when we won. We’re still taking less to make it work. But it’s worth it. No one can ever say to KG, Paul or me, ‘You guys never got your ring.’”

Let's break it down: West gets $10 million a year in Indiana. He would've gotten $9.6 million a year in Boston. I'm pretty sure an extra $400,000 a year didn't make this decision for West. And for Allen to think that West just took money over the chance to win a title is a pretty serious charge. Because in professional sports, the desire for a championship is supposed to be what it's all about and to challenge a guy on not having that isn't holding back.

There was really no questions for me when West picked Indiana. It's not like he went to the Raptors or something. He went to a team that's ready to compete now. He went to a team that was in the playoffs last season and had they figured out how to score in the fourth quarter, might have upset the Bulls. And guess what? West could very well be a major part of figuring out how to score in the fourth quarter.

Allen is understandably miffed that West passed over the Celtics. This offseason has been rough on Boston. They lost Jeff Green for the season, didn't score Chris Paul while pretty much hanging Rajon Rondo out to dry in trade talks. It wasn't pretty for the Celtics and Allen might feel like their window is slowly closing shut.

Or he just felt like calling out David West. Either way, it was pretty weak.

Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:21 pm

Hornets sign Carl Landry to 1-year contract

Posted by Ben Gollivercarl-landry

The biggest chip fell on Wednesday and now the rest of the pieces can finally get put into place.

After nearly a week of trade talks, the New Orleans Hornets moved All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers for a package that includes guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and an unprotected 2012 first round draft pick that originally belonged to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday evening.

Thursday morning, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that the Hornets inked power forward Carl Landry to a 1-year contract worth $8.75 million.

Landry, 28, was originally acquired by New Orleans in a 2011 trade for guard Marcus Thornton. He stepped into the starting lineup when All-Star forward David West suffered a season-ening knee injury, and averaged 11.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last sesaon.

The deal comes after Landry was linked to a host of NBA teams during the lockout and free agency periods. Original suitors were said to be the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers, with the Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets reportedly emerging as players later in the game.

This is a shrewd deal for both sides. Landry's production doesn't really warrant a $8 million plus per year salary, but he was sure to get multi-year offers from other teams that would have provided him a great overall dollar amount. By paying a premium on a 1-year deal, New Orleans fills a critical hole in its frontcourt -- created when West signed a 2-year, $20 million deal with the Indiana Pacers -- while still retaining financial flexibility for next summer's free agent market. As currently constructed, the Hornets should be well under the salary cap next summer and Landry's addition ensures that's the case.
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 3:56 pm

Pacers ink David West for 2 years, $20 million

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.
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:19 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 11:26 pm

Celtics to land David West in sign-and-trade?

Posted by Ben Golliverdavid-west-noh

The Boston Celtics and the New Orleans Hornets are reportedly working on a trade, only it's not the one you think.

The Celtics and Hornets had recently been rumored to be engaged in a point guard swap of Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul but multiple sites reported on Friday night that the two teams were instead closing in on a sign-and-trade that would send All-Star forward David West to Boston.

NBA.com reported that the Celtics were "close to [a] deal to land West, who is a free agent. Yahoo Sports reported that the deal would include a 3-year extension worth between $27 and $29 million and would also see the Celtics send back center Jermaine O'Neal and "another player," who would then be re-routed by the Hornets.

Earlier Friday, the Celtics dealt big man Glenn Davis to the Orlando Magic for forward Brandon Bass.

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.
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 2:54 pm

Pacers exploring trade and free agency

By Matt Moore 

The Indiana Pacers are coming off of fascinating season. They started off hot as fire, then cratered a bit. Jim O'Brien was fired, and then interim coach Frank Vogel took them to the playoffs, where they had as competitive a five-game series against the Bulls as a five-game series can be. So they're looking to upgrade the team and make a run, right now. They brought in George Hill through trade, and now are looking for more additions. 

The Indianapolis Star mentons a pretty intriguing option through trade: Paul Millsap
The Pacers talked to the Utah Jazz about forward Paul Milsap prior to the draft. Expect them to make a phone call to the Jazz again. The 26-year-old Milsap, a Pacer killer in the past, averaged a career-high 17 points last season.
via Mike Wells: A look at players the Pacers might pursue | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.

Millsap would make for the power forward the Pacers are looking for in free agency through David West or Nene. If they were to trade Roy Hibbert as part of the package, thiy could sign Nene, then add Millsap making one of the better front courts in the Eastern Conference, along with Danny Granger. The Pacers are clearly looking to enter the conference race right now, instead of waiting to see their young pieces develop. 

The question is, what's the objective? Can the Pacers win a title with Danny Granger as their best player? They've put together an interesting, fast, young team that can defend at one end, hit from the perimeter, and get out in transition. But do they have a team that could get hot and go on an unpredictable run to the title? OK, it wouldn't be unpredictable if we could answer that. But the point is that the Pacers are loading up for what is likely a team whose ceiling is the second round. 

Have to try something, I guess. The Pacers surprised people last season. If they spend wisely, and that's a big if, they could do the same this year with heightened expectations.
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:47 pm

David West is completely healthy again

Posted by Royce Young

One of this free agent period's -- whenever that may happen -- top players is David West. Maybe "was" is a better word. Because after West's devastating knee injury late in the season, his value may have dropped a good amount.

But he's back. Well at least according to his agent, via Yahoo! Sports:

"Free agent David West, one of top players on market, has doctor's full clearance to return after ACL surgery, agent Lance Young says."

Good for West, but a doctor's clearance doesn't necessarily mean that he's going to walk back on the court and be a 20-10 threat. And it also doesn't mean that a team is going to just up and splurge big on him in free agency.

West opted out of the last year of his deal with the Hornets despite the knee injury, so he obviously has some confidence he'll get his game back. And there's definitely a good chance he will. There are a good number of teams -- the Nets, being an obvious one -- that are going to look hard at West no matter his health.

But being cleared now is a good sign for him. In fact, it may benefit him. Instead of having his free agency in July when he wasn't healthy, he can now show off a bit.

West tore his knee up in late March and said in July that he was looking for an October return. Which he's right on schedule for. ACL injuries typically take about six months to recover from so West didn't have any setbacks.

Now it's a matter of getting that next contract. How big it is might hinge on how much faith a new team has on that knee.
Category: NBA
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 5:55 pm

The EOB Elite 100, 50-41: Hawks, beards and Bulls

Posted by Royce Young

This is the sixth segment of the CBSSports.com Eye on Basketball Elite 100, counting down the top-100 players in the NBA. 

Check out the earlier installments: 100-91 | 90-81 | 80-71 | 70-61 | 60-51

Once you break the top 50, you start getting good players. Former All-Stars, solid veterans and some up-and-comers. But the top 40, that's when you start breaking into some legit talent. The all-time 3-point king. A superbeard. An overpaid "star." A blossoming star point guard and a scoring savant. There are frustrating talents, disappointing stars, aging vets and a couple young studs that could jump 20 spots by next year.

As such, we march on towards No. 1 with 50-41.

50. Tyreke Evans, SG, age 21, Sacramento Kings
2011 stats: 17.8 ppg, 5.6 apg, 4.8 rpg, 40.9 FG%, 14.46 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 69, 49, 45

After winning Rookie of the Year in 2009-10, big things were expected from Tyreke Evans. Sure, he didn't quite have a position and the Kings weren't exactly committing either way in that regard, but he was a super-talented player that could score, pass and create.

One problem for him though in 2010-11: his foot. Evans suffered through plantar fasciitis for most of the season which caused him to miss a bundle of games -- 25, in fact -- while hampering him in the 57 he did play. He was never entirely totally himself. He'd have nights where he looked like the guy that tore teams up as he walked to the Rookie of the Year, but then you could just see how the injury nagged him. A good 2010-11 and Evans is probably in our top 40, maybe even top 30. Next season will be a big chance to bounce back for him. He's likely locked into a position as Jimmer Fredette will take over point guard duties and if he gets healthy, he'll settle right back in to a scorer/creator role for the Kings. And maybe a top 40 spot.

49. Ray Allen, SG, age 36, Boston Celtics

2011 stats: 16.5 ppg, 2.7 apg, 3.4 rpg, 49.1 FG%, 44.4 3P%, 16.42 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 49, 41, 63

It feels a little funny to have the NBA's all-time 3-point shooter sitting on the back end of the top 50. But that's what tends to happen when you get to the twilight of your career.

Funny thing about Ray Allen though: He might've had one of his best seasons last year at the age of 36. He shot a career-high 44 percent from 3, averaged an extremely efficient 16.5 points a game and did his usual thing of nailing big shots and backbreaking 3s. His game changed when he went to Boston. He wasn't the gunning shooting guard going for 25 a night anymore. But that was by design. He fits into a role and a system and he's reaped the rewards of that. He doesn't have a ton of time left, but if last season was any indication, he's going to put some serious distance between himself and No. 2 on the all-time 3s list before he's done.

48. Luis Scola, PF, age 31, Houston Rockets
2011 stats: 18.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 50.4 FG%, 18.43 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 44, 51, 57

Did you know Luis Scola has finished in the top 12 in scoring for power forward each of the last two seasons? I realize that's kind of a specific measure, but here's my point: Scola is really a pretty solid power forward.

He's easy to forget because he doesn't do a lot of anything that's flashy. He scores with tremendous touch and footwork. Nothing is really above the rim and nothing is really that eye-catching. It's a simple game, but it's ridiculously difficult to defend. He is a routine threat to go for 20 and when that soft little midrange jumper is happening, he's a serious problem.

47. Luol Deng, SF, age 26, Chicago Bulls
2011 stats: 17.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 46.0 FG%, 34.5 3P%, 15.58 PER
Composite rankings (random order):
42, 64, 44

The second best player on a team that just finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference should be higher than 48th, right? Seems so, but really, this is exactly where Deng fits. He scores just enough, is a premier defender, rebounds well and just kind of fills his spot.

But the Bulls needed more from him to advance past Miami in the Eastern Finals last year. Derrick Rose was often forced into being The Option for Chicago and it was always expected of Deng to do a bit more than just wait for an open look. On some nights, he would. Others, it was a quiet 14 points on 10 shots. It's probably not fair to expect more from him because that's not who he is. Instead, he's a quality role player that can give you points on a given night, but isn't that second option. Or at least he shouldn't be.

46. James Harden, SG, age 21, Oklahoma City Thunder
2011 stats: 12.2 ppg, 2.1 apg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 spg, 43.6 FG%, 34.9 3P%, 16.42 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 45, 63, 41

If only these were beard power rankings. Because Harden would be the cream of the crop.

But 47th isn't a bad spot for him. He just wrapped up his second season and to some, he's was a disappointment for about three-fourths of his two years, mainly because he was selected third overall. But you've got to realize what Harden walked into. He was an All-American scorer from Arizona State that stepped on to a team that went on to win 50 games in his first season. He has come off the bench virtually every game for these two seasons. He has had to figure out where he stands alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

And as he showcased after Jeff Green was dealt to Boston and in the postseason, he's definitely Oklahoma City's third member of a potentially evolving new Big 3. The idea of him is that he's a Manu Ginobili type player and really, that's pretty accurate. He passes, handles and can score. He fits into a role instead of trying to force his way into every offensive conversation. He's a wonderful compliment to Westbrook in the backcourt and with Durant on the wing. Next season he should start from day one, which could mean Harden rockets up this board 10 or 15 spots. He's trending upward and catching attention and it finally has a lot more to do with his game than the outstanding beard.

45. Josh Smith, PF, age 25, Atlanta Hawks
2011 stats: 16.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 bpg, 1.3 spg, 47.7 FG%, 19.31 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 32, 37, 69

Talk about an infuriating talent. Josh Smith is 6-11. He runs the floor like a guard. He leaps like he's LeBron. He has long arms, a great build and by all appearances, should be one of the most uniquely gifted players in the league.

And yet as we saw last playoffs, he loves to hover outside and launch jumpers. The audible noise from Philips Arena every time he did said it all. It was one giant collective sigh as Smith pulled the ball up to fire from 20.

Thing is, he got it under control to some degree during the 2009-10 season. He went from shooting over a 3 a game to just 0.1. The official tally was 87 attempts to seven. That's a real effort to get shot selection under control. But then last season, he took 154 3s. So much for that.

In terms of straight numbers, he had a good 2010-11, because he really did. But it's about operating efficiently and in a way that helps your team win. I'm not sure Smith did that consistently last year. He's a top 20 talent that plays like a top 60 guy. Hence the 46th overall ranking I suppose.

Here's something that might blow your mind though: Smith is still just 25.

44. Joe Johnson, SG, age 30, Atlanta Hawks
2011 stats: 18.2 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.0 rpg, 44.3 FG%, 29.7 3P%, 16.46 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 43, 39, 54

Not too many guys making $120 million a year -- more than Dwyane Wade or LeBron James got last summer -- should find themselves on the fringes of the top 50. And I can't decide whose fault that really is. It isn't Joe Johnson's fault the Hawks overpaid drastically for him. What was he supposed to say? No thanks, I'm not worth that much?

But it's also not the Hawks fault that Johnson has never really realized his talent. Johnson seems to play his way or the highway. When he wants to isolate in the post, he's doing it. When he wants to launch a questionable 3, he's doing it. When he wants to stand harmlessly on the wing and fade into oblivion for an entire second half, he's doing it. It's a reason Johnson has always frustrated fans which led him to being booed by Hawk fans during the 2010 playoffs. Some worried if that would scare him away from Atlanta as he was to be a free agent that summer.

Nope. Because the Hawks offered him $120 million. Not too hard to endure a few boos when you're making that kind of paper.

43. Stephen Curry, G, age 23, Golden State Warriors
2011 stats: 18.6 ppg, 5.8 apg, 3.9 rpg, 48.0 FG%, 44.2 3P%, 19.46 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 38, 46, 46

I want to see Curry play a season without Monta Ellis in the backcourt next to him. I really want to see what Curry's completely capable of as a featured player. Because right now in Golden State, it's hard to figure where he fits or what his job is. I think he's the team's point guard, but I'm not really sure. Some nights he plays like he is, other nights he's the go-to scorer. Maybe that's by design or maybe it's a flaw within the roster structure.

Regardless, Curry has one of the most seamless strokes in basketball. It's just so very, very pure. When he lets a jumper fly, he's one of those guys you're convinced it's dropping through. It feels like he doesn't miss. He's undersized, sure, but that's never held him back in terms of ripping up defenses.

He's pretty overwhelmed defensively, which is one big reason he's not higher up. But in terms of offense, he's a borderline savant. He was born to score and that's exactly what he does.

42. David West, PF, age 30, New Orleans Hornets
2011 stats: 18.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 50.8 FG%, 20.51 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 37, 42, 51

I don't know if West's seemingly low ranking even has as much to do with last season's injury as you might be guessing. Yes, he suffered a devastating knee injury that could affect his career going forward. But that probably only dropped him 7-10 spots or so. West's a very good player, no doubt. But really when you start getting into the top 40 players, it's hard to really justify West being in front of a lot of those guys. Is he better than Lamar Odom? Better than Marc Gasol? Better than Rudy Gay?

I've always kind of had to wonder too if West simply rode the good fortune of having Chris Paul get him the ball too. How much better did Paul make West? All those 18-footers West has drilled -- how many came as a result of Paul drawing the defense and making it happen for him? Not to take anything away from West because he's a top power forward for sure, but I get the feeling people will say, "Forty-three!?! That's WAY too low!" Maybe it's the injury stuff or maybe it's just that West isn't a truly elite player.

41. John Wall, PG, age 20, Washington Wizards
2011 stats: 16.4 ppg, 8.3 apg, 4.6 rpg, 40.9 FG%, 15.85 PER
Composite rankings (random order): 50, 45, 34

I don't get the sense Wall will be staying anywhere near the 40s for long. His rookie season would've grabbed a lot more attention if it weren't for that mammoth dunking over cars out in Los Angeles. Looking at his year -- 16.4 points and 8.3 assists per game -- that's pretty darn good for a rookie point guard. Especially considering he was dealing with a mostly dysfunctional roster and teammates that may or may not have been told they were playing in the NBA.

Wall's place is temporary so really, it's more of a question of where he's going to eventually end up rather than where he sits currently. Is he going to be on the level of Rose and Westbrook? I absolutely think so. And if that's the case, in another year or two Wall will likely have carved out a spot at the table in the top 15. Point guards are making big jumps in their third seasons nowadays. And that's still another to go for Wall. Somehow he found himself overlooked a bit last year but as he progresses and trends more toward the top 20 and maybe top 10, he'll have plenty of attention.
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:47 am

Danny Granger wants better for Indy at PF

By Matt Moore

The Indiana Pacers are working on building off of momentum. They made the playoffs and gave a good show against the Bulls. With Darren Collison, Paul George, Roy Hibbert, and Danny Granger, and now adding George Hill, they're in a position to look for a player to get them to the next level. In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Danny Granger, resident Indiana star, Granger identified several free agents he'd like to see added to the team, and these aren't exactly value pick-ups. He wants the big guns.  
Q: Free agency will be a lot shorter once the lockout ends. What area do you guys need to address most?

GRANGER: I think with what's on the market at power forward, we have the opportunity to go get one of them. David West, Nene and Carl Landry are available. There are some good power forwards out there. I think we need to be deeper at that position.
via Q&A: Pacers' Danny Granger frustrated with NBA lockout | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.

West has been linked with the Pacers in the past, as has Landry. Nene is widely thought to be joining a contender if he doesn't return to Denver in a mega-deal. These are all bigger names, along with Glen Davis that make up a strong power forward free agency class.

It's notable that Granger played 18 percent of his minutes last season at power forward, and that Tyler Hansbrough proved to be a suitable option at the position. Granger's public support of an upgrade doesn't speak well to Hansbrough keeping the spot. Of course, how much money Herb Simon will want to commit to the team given its eight-seed status isnt' known at this point, nor is it known how much money will be available for the Pacers to spend under the new CBA, of course. But Granger's comments do speak of the direction of the Pacers, or what Granger thinks it should be, which is a move away from youth and towards veterans that can help them contend.  
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