David West available?
Old 06-27-2011, 10:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I say he can play the small forward as opposed to his natural PF
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Despite suffering a season-ending knee injury in March, New Orleans Hornets power forward David West said he will opt out of the final season of his contract this week and become a free agent.

"We just felt like this is the best thing for me, to go forward, and I made the decision based on where I was since the the knee (surgery) and all those other things and I felt it was the right time for me to make a good decision," West told the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune on Monday.

West has a June 30 deadline in his contract to notify the Hornets whether he will invoke next season's $7.5 million salary or opt for free agency.

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The Hornets have anticipated all along that West would become a free agent, even though the former All-Star was forced to undergo surgery in April to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered March 24. The reason: West still figures to be one of the two or three most coveted players on the open market in spite of the injury after years of consistent production and averages of 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in 70 games last season.

The Hornets, sources said, would still love to sign West to an extension before Thursday's deadline. But it's believed that West -- even in a financial landscape forecasted to be more restrictive starting next season and even factoring in his injury -- will eventually earn more in free agency than he could in an extension that would have to be calculated with next season's $7.5 million salary as a starting point.

"We'll have to talk to them, obviously, and see where (Hornets general manager) Dell (Demps) is," West told the newspaper. "The Hornets have an opportunity. But I'm looking for an opportunity to win, honestly. We'll see how things work out, and what the Hornets do to make our situation better. That's really all it came down to. At this point in my career, I want to win, and I want to win big."

Free agency will be delayed if the NBA, as expected, imposes a lockout July 1. But sources say only an unforeseen rehabilitation setback in the next 72 hours would change West's plans.

The Times-Picayune reported on Friday that West has been rehabbing twice daily and started on that schedule even before New York orthopedist Dr. David Altchek reconstructed the torn ligament. Altchek re-examined West's knee in New York two weeks ago and proclaimed him ahead of schedule in a rehabilitation period that initially was expected to last six to eight months.

Demps told the Times-Picayune last week: "Whether he opts in or opts out, our goal is to keep David West here. We said it from Day 1: We want David West to retire a Hornet. He's been great to us on and off the court. We're hoping his recovery continues on pace as it is right now. He's right on schedule to come back next year and play.

"We're hoping for a speedy recovery. Our goal is to keep him. There's room for both (West and free-agent power forward Carl Landry). Our goal is to keep that core together. We're not changing off that plan."

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Old 06-27-2011, 10:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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And we'd want him because?
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You don't think he's an upgrade over James Johnson?
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You don't think he's an upgrade over James Johnson?
West is a PF, not a SF.

He's 31 years old and coming off of ACL surgery.

I'd pass.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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West is a PF, not a SF.

He's 31 years old and coming off of ACL surgery.

I'd pass.
I wouldn't. If he was still injured he wouldn't (or won't be) opting out because he'd get paid to sit. Clearly him and his agent know he's healthy and will get paid more somewhere else.

And Andrea is a PF and we played him at Center all year...West will be fine as a SF.

*edited. Plus a great defender, grabs boards, veteran presence that the Raps need.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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he's nothing without chris paul. this is a hyperbole of course but thats the gist of it
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I wouldn't. If he was still injured he wouldn't (or won't be) opting out because he'd get paid to sit. Clearly him and his agent know he's healthy and will get paid more somewhere else.

And Andrea is a PF and we played him at Center all year...West will be fine as a SF.

*edited. Plus a great defender, grabs boards, veteran presence that the Raps need.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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he's nothing without chris paul. this is a hyperbole of course but thats the gist of it
obviously...but if you watch highlights, most of his points come from iso plays. Plus Chris Paul has nothing to do with his ability to grab rebounds.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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We don't need another PF..
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:09 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Davis will be better in two years
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:21 AM   #11 (permalink)
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defense is what we need. Casey will find a way to play him at the 3 spot for mainly defensive purposes.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:22 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Davis will be better in two years
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:34 AM   #13 (permalink)
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No thanks. Definitely not what we need. And he is not a 3 for sure. He is too big to keep up with 3's. He is an undersized 4.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:41 AM   #14 (permalink)
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yeah, not sure about this one tbh. I'm only keen on vets if they will definitely improve the team and stay fit. Hard to know if they will stay fit of course but i'd only like us to go for the ones with a good fitness record.

also just don't see west as an SF. He's a very good player with decent IQ but just can't see him doing it at SF.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:48 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Davis will be better in two years
He'll be better next season whenever that is. IMO if he were to start and play 30mpg, he's a 12pts/9-10rpg player easy. Especially if he can add 15+lbs.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:58 AM   #16 (permalink)
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You don't think he's an upgrade over James Johnson?
David West is a half court player, he does not get up and down...
and I don't like his game

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Old 06-27-2011, 12:00 PM   #17 (permalink)
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he's nothing without chris paul. this is a hyperbole of course but thats the gist of it
West is to Paul as Martin was to Kidd. 'Nuff said.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:30 PM   #18 (permalink)
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David West would be better at PF. He had great season this past year and he would be able to rebound and score for us. but i don't think it'll happen, i think BC is looking for a less pricey player.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:37 PM   #19 (permalink)
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West can't play sf. But for sure he's better than Davis
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:37 PM   #20 (permalink)
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No need for West.

The only link that I could see between West and the Raptors is that if West does leave NO then maybe the Hornets would be interested in Bargnani. A Bargnani-Okafor frontcourt could be pretty good, and Bargnani could have a huge year playing next to Chris Paul.
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