Speculation over whether former Indiana Pacers power forward David West would join the Wizards, Cavaliers or Spurs is over. Like fellow free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, West is going to San Antonio, according to reports Monday afternoon.
West reportedly agreed to take the $1.4 million veteran's minimum. The 34-year-old opted out of $12 million contract with the Pacers last month.
Reports early in the free agency process listed the Wizards and Spurs as favorites for the rugged forward. The Cavaliers joined the fray soon after.
The top remaining free agent available (not named LeBron James or Tristan Thompson), West's intentions were clear ever since he announced the opt-out: Contender or bust. With that agenda in mind, it's hard arguing with the five-time NBA champion Spurs. However, West, 34, left some major money on the table.
Washington had its mid-level exception of under $6 million available. He could have taken the mini mid-level from Cleveland.
While San Antonio's deal may have involved the fewest dollars, the Spurs arguably have minutes to offer after losing several key reserves over the last few days. Cleveland, the early favorites for the 2015-16 title, already have Kevin Love at power forward are expected to re-sign Thompson.
The fit with the Wizards made sense in that West is a rugged rebounder; strong mid-range shooter and would help any leadership void from Paul Pierce's departure. Washington has not yet replaced free agent big men Drew Gooden or Kevin Seraphin. However, like Nene and Kris Humphries, West is not a stretch-4 option on either end of the court and all three are over 30.
Regardless, the Wizards will look elsewhere to fill their two remaining roster spots. Washington has 13 players under contract, though deals for Jared Dudley and Gary Neal cannot be made official until July 9.