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Report: David West likely to sign with Spurs or Wizards

David West, Patty Mills

Indiana Pacers’ David West (21) looks to shoot in front of San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills (8), of Australia, during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


David West wants to join a championship contender.

Naturally, he looked first to the Warriors and Spurs, the last two NBA champions.

Now, the market appears to be clarifying his options.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

If the Spurs don’t sign LaMarcus Aldridge, David West makes a lot of sense as a fallback option. He’s not nearly as good as Aldridge, but West fits the same style as a jump-shooting power forward. And after trading Tiago Splitter, San Antonio would need another big and have the cap flexibility to get one.

The Wizards could offer West the mid-level exception ($5,464,000). He’s not the 3-point-shooting stretch four they really desire. But he might be the best big they can get, and he’s a good mid-range shooter. Washington would probably offer only a one-year contract, preserving cap space next summer for Kevin Durant.