May 22, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward David West (left) and center Roy Hibbert (right) react during the second half in game one of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Miami wins in overtime 103-102. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Offseason: Indiana Pacers Need to Bring Back David West

Now that the dust has settled on the Indiana Pacers, and their season, time to look towards the future. Indiana has one of the brightest futures in the NBA.  They have most of their core group ready to go for next season, but still need to have that major piece in place, and that piece is David West.  He’s going to be a free agent this summer, but I know that the Pacers will do everything to bring him back. It might take a bit more money than the two year deal he got before, but he’s worth the price.  He’s a guy that brings toughness and leadership to this young team. He’s a guy that looked so much more comfortable this season after battling through the knee injury and the recovery of that the year before.  He looked to be a part of the team fully, and he knows what the Pacers need him to do.  I loved when he was there to make that late basket for the team or to step it up on the defensive side.  That’s why it’s important to bring him back, and continue this run that the Pacers are putting together.

West is a guy that looks to want to be here in Indy, so that’s got to be a great reason why he’ll work with the Pacers on that number to keep him around.  He could have signed with anyone a couple of summers ago, but choose the Pacers as his destination, and the team really embraced him.  Us fans embraced the guy too because he fit that mold of what we expect in an Indiana Pacer. He made me think back to the days of Antonio and Dale Davis.  Two guys that you knew what you were getting every time they took the court. But West is actually better offensively than both guys, and that’s a great aspect for this Pacers team that could struggle on the offensive side.

I would love for West to stick around as a Pacers for a few more years, and possibly finish up his career as that.  He could add so much to this team, and I think he wants to be part of this process that could really pursue that NBA title if the pieces are moving in the right direction next season.  With Brian Shaw POSSIBLY gone, I could see West as that coach on that floor, and a guy that’s going to make guys even better when he plays.  Whatever the team needs to do to sign West, they need to do it.  I believe it gets done, and that’s priority number one of the off season complete.

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