According to Candace Buckner, who covers the Indiana Pacers for the Indianapolis Star, the Cleveland Cavaliers have "huge interest" in David West. The 34-year-old West (he'll be 35 in August) is currently a free agent after turning down a player option that would have paid him over $12 million to stay in Indiana next season.
I'm hearing the Cleveland Cavaliers have "huge interest" in David West. Most definitely aligns with his desire to play for a contender— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) July 4, 2015
Last season, West played in 66 games, starting all of them. He averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes per game. He's not the player he once was, but he's still a solid power forward who is a nice guy to have in the locker room.
He could have made a lot of money by picking up his player option to stick around in Indiana, but he wants to win. So it makes sense that he'd be interested in joining the Cavs.
However, would adding another big man make sense for the Cavs?
Not exactly sure what the Cavs would do with David West.— Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) July 4, 2015
This makes negative sense https://t.co/1FMeQJdjmo— Scoops Maroun (@ejmaroun) July 4, 2015
The Cavs' frontcourt is pretty crowded, with Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson (once he is officially re-signed), and the triumphant return of Anderson Varejao. Plus, LeBron James plays power forward sometimes. They also just drafted Rakeem Christmas.
If the team doesn't think Varejao has anything left in the tank, then adding West makes sense. But if Varejao really doesn't have anything left in the tank, then his contract extension was an even bigger mistake than some people already thought it was.
If the Cavs really are after West, they're certainly not the only team who would like to have him.
But San Antonio remains firmly in David West hunt. Hearing Golden State now highly unlikely for D-West; looks like SA or DC are his spots— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
Wizards use their bi-annual exception for Neal and are still in the mix for David West, source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 3, 2015
Hearing Clippers have interest in David West in light of DeAndre Jordan departure— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 4, 2015
Let's see how this plays out.
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