In a shocking development, David West will opt out of his deal with the San Antonio Spurs to test the free agent market.
Shams Charania of the Vertical is reporting that West will opt out of his $1.55 million player option and contemplate his playing future.
I’m completely caught off guard by this. I’ve written at length about how it doesn’t make much sense for West to opt out of his deal just a season removed from forfeiting so much money with the Indiana Pacers to come to San Antonio.
West isn’t getting anywhere near the money he was making in Indiana from another team at this stage of his career. He destroyed his market value by accepting a decreased role in San Antonio.
I’m baffled by this, because if he wants to win a championship like he said he wants to, the only teams that appear better equipped to do that next season as of now are the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Oklahoma City Thunder.
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If he feels as if he can get somewhere in the $3-4 million range from one of those teams, than more power to him. That’s a huge gamble for him to make, though.
San Antonio has no pressing obligation to bring him back now. They need all the cap room they can create to pursue a guy like Kevin Durant or Hassan Whiteside. West was making the league minimum last season, and there’s no indication that the Spurs would be willing to give him a raise considering the context of their salary cap situation.
West likely isn’t going to return to San Antonio because of this opt out. He’s going to be 36 years old next season. Maybe he’s contemplating retirement, but if that’s the case, it’s strange to opt out after just 1 season with a team you hitched your championship aspirations to.