In another case of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”, Spurs forward David West has signed with the Golden State Warriors. The deal is for one year at the veteran’s minimum.
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A day after after Kevin Durant made his
, West was quick to follow. After declining a $12.6 million with the Indiana Pacers to sign with San Antonio, West saw his role greatly reduced while pursuing Championship glory, only to be bounced in the second round against the Oklahoma City.
West averaged a career 14.8 points and 6.9 rebounds. West played in 78 games with 19 starts during the 2015-16 season. He averaged 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds on 54.4 percent shooting as a key cog on a San Antonio bench that produced an NBA-best plus-10.9 net rating. That rating was the best by a bench since the shortened 2011-12 season, when the Chicago Bulls led the NBA with a plus-12.7 mark.
David West reportedly agrees to contract with the Warriors. https://t.co/DsQXKAyGuf
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 5, 2016
His output for San Antonio were the lowest since his Sophomore season, but his per 36 minutes statistics were relatively consistent. San Antonio valued his defensive boards — a tally that was a career strength — but will accommodate for the loss with bringing veteran Pau Gasol into the frontcourt.
West harbored no regrets about turning down a more lucrative financial situation with the Pacers to join the Spurs. He played just nine minutes during San Antonio’s final game of the postseason.
He had a $1.5 million player option for the 2016-17 season, which he declined.
West joins center Zaza Pachulia as players that quietly signed with Golden State beneath the hype acquisition of Durant.
No telling how well they will play together after their altercation last February.