San Antonio Spurs sign David West

July 17, 2015

The San Antonio Spurs have not rested after signing LaMarcus Aldridge, the jewel of this year's free agent class. Today, the team further added to their frontline depth, as they announced the signing of forward David West.  Other outlets reported that the deal is for the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million for one year.

The 6-9, 240-pound West, is a rugged and skilled 4 who is expected to be the first big man off the bench in the Spurs' rotation.  The former All-Star is a solid rebounder, possesses a nice mid-range jumper, and can occasionally score on the block as well. 

West joins the Spurs after spending the past four seasons with the Indiana Pacers. Last season he appeared in 66 games, averaging 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 28.7 minutes while shooting .471 (323-686) from the field and .739 (119-161) from the foul line.

In Indiana, West appeared in 285 total games, averaging 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 30.6 minutes while shooting .487 (1,632-3,350) from the field and .776 (701-903) from the charity stripe.

A 12-year NBA veteran, West was originally drafted by the New Orleans Hornets with the 18th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. He spent eight seasons (2003-11) in New Orleans where he was named an All-Star in 2007 and 2008. The New Jersey native appeared in 530 total games for the Hornets, averaging 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32.4 minutes.

For his career, West has appeared in 815 NBA games, averaging 15.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 31.8 minutes while shooting .489 (5,108-10,441) from the field and .820 (2,405-2,933) from the foul line. The former Xavier Musketeer has seen action in 73 playoff games, averaging 15.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 35.2 minutes.

By Staff of and news services

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