This is all coming from Adrian Wojarowski of Yahoo, so take it for what it’s worth. It certainly makes sense in a way that the Hornets dealing with the Celtics does not. I get that New Orleans would ideally like to get anything they can back for West, a free agent who, after all the chaos of recent days involving his former team, we can assume has no interest of signing with the Hornets. But what could Boston possibly be sending back? Rumors originally said Jermaine O’Neal, who makes about $6 million more than he is worth at this point. Obviously, a draft pick would be interesting.
I don’t know, but if Boston isn’t getting David West, it doesn’t seem like there are many other bidders. Which means the Pacers might have a realistic shot at getting him for a shorter deal.
The Celtics have been discussing a four-year deal with West, sources said. Still, Boston is limited under sign-and-trade rules with how high it can go with an offer. The Celtics can offer the first three years in the $24 million to $25 million range, but the fourth year would likely not be fully guaranteed.
Several sources believed there would be a resolution Sunday.
Indiana has been discussing a two-year deal with West but with a higher annual salary, sources said. The Pacers have cap space to sign West outright, while Boston, which is over the salary cap, needs the sign-and-trade scenario to acquire him. With the Chris Paul-to-the-Lakers deal falling apart again late Saturday night, the Hornets still hadn’t made any calls to pursue re-signing West, sources said.
If the Pacers can’t get West, former Purdue standout Carl Landry is likely Larry Bird’s plan B. Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star has repeatedly reported Bird’s interest in the forward and Woj, in this article, mentions that the two parties have been negotiating.