Report: David West 'very likely' to sign with Knicks

David West opted out of the final season of his contract with the Indiana Pacers, and he could be a member of the New York Knicks pretty soon, according to Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling.

Wow, this came out of nowhere, and it's a bit strange. The Knicks were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season, and West will be 35 years old in August. You'd have thought that West would want to join a contender if he left Indiana.

For the Knicks, this an interesting development. Teams in their situation usually aren't in the market for vets like West, but perhaps this is part of a bigger plan to get back to the playoffs as soon as possible. Alternatively, they might just want him to be a locker room presence and teach young guys like the recently drafted Kristaps Porzingis how to be a professional. West was so important to the Pacers' culture that it became cliche to refer to him as their "rock" over the past couple of seasons. 

West averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes per game last season. Free agency officially begins on July 1.

David West is reportedly destined to be a Knick.  (USATSI)
David West is reportedly destined to be a Knick. (USATSI)

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