Report: David West 'very likely' to sign with Knicks
David West is about to be a free agent, and he's reportedly leaning toward going to New York.
League source: David West is "very likely" to sign with the Knicks come FA. "He knew that before he chose not to opt in" with the Pacers.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) June 25, 2015
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.
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