David West to Opt Out, Dallas an Option?
Long time veteran David West is reportedly opting out this summer, could the Dallas Mavericks be an option in free agency?
After spending the last four years in Indiana, David West found himself last summer with two options surrounding this future.
The 12-year veteran had offers on the table for multiple years and multiple millions, but West notably decided to increase his title chances by joining the San Antonio Spurs on a two-year, minimum deal with a player option after the first year.
The Spurs finished with one of the best records in NBA history with a 67-15 record, but found themselves being put out in the second round by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now, West has a decision to make this summer on whether to accept or decline his player option.
According to The Vertical, West has already made his decision.
Now West hits the free agent market where teams across the league are loaded with cap space due to the cap increase taking place. West will have his options as he can still provide a team with a veteran’s presence off the bench who can still produce.
Will the Dallas Mavericks be interested?
Dallas enter’s the offseason with their own set of questions surrounding the team, but there is only one scenario where I could see West in a Mavericks roster.
Dallas has been pretty vocal about wanting to get younger while still putting a competitive team around Dirk to compete for the playoffs. West wouldn’t fit this bill, but could fit the roster if Dallas lands a couple of near max contracts AND West wants to take another similar small contract.
I simply can’t envision Dallas handing a multi-year deal to the forward while facing their own situation with youngster backup Dwight Powell. Plus, if West does take another smaller deal, there will probably be more well-positioned title teams that will look more appealing.
There is also the possibility that West could retire and walk away from the game of basketball.
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My prediction is that West will end up with his old coach Frank Vogel in Orlando on a multi-year deal where he will give a young team the veteran leadership spark they desire.