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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  • Bill Stowers

    The pacers definitely need to keep this starting core intact. What i think would be good moves would be to provide some depth behind hibbert. When he was off the floor the pacers fell flat and usually fell behind on the scoreboard. Providing a very good back up center behind hibbert will keep that scoring big man presence on the floor at all times. Also the pacers need to grab to pure finesse shooters to keep the offense going and provide sparks in the middle of games. The bench is key to win games. Last year the bench was great, this year we lacked depth and it killed us.

    • Stephen Ajamie

      I think another year with Ian Mahinmi backing up Hibbert would fill that void that you’re talking about. Maybe he’ll get a bit more aggressive at times.
      I do agree with the idea that this Pacers team needs that scorer to provide sparks. Even some sort of energy guy to bring in. The drop off from the starters to the bench was usually noticeable. Just don’t know who fits in with this Pacers team to bring in.

      Any names you can think of?