David West will not become a Cleveland Cavalier.
As first reported by David Aldridge of NBA.com, West has agreed to a one-year deal for the veterans minimum of $1.5 million with the San Antonio Spurs. According to reports, West picked the Spurs over the Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards. All three teams offered more money than the Spurs. That means that the Cavs likely offered West the mini-midlevel exception, which is worth roughly $3 million. Last week, West opted out of the last year of his deal with the Indiana Pacers that would have paid him $12 million next season.
In missing out on West, the Cavs miss out on a player who would have provided depth despite the fit not making a ton of sense. Aside from Kevin Love - who just signed a five-year max deal to stay in Cleveland - Tristan Thompson and LeBron James see time at the power forward spot.
The Cavs missing out on West may also mean they are less likely to deal Anderson Varejao, who the Cavs are rumored to include in a deal to land Brooklyn Nets swingman Joe Johnson.
West, 35, averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds last season with the Pacers. In San Antonio, he will be a third big behind Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge and likely be a big part of San Antonio's rotation.