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David West Agrees to Join Spurs for Veteran’s Minimum

In the most San Antonio Spurs move ever, veteran power forward David West has taken a massive discount to join the Spurs:

West was scheduled to make $12.6 million with the Indiana Pacers next season, but he opted out of that deal in order to chase a championship. By agreeing to the veteran’s minimum with the Spurs, the 34-year-old will make $1.4 million next year. That’s an $11.2 million cut in pay, all in the name of winning his first ring. An admirable move to say the least, and one that feels completely unfair for the rest of the league.

West certainly isn’t the player he once was, but he still averaged a solid 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds last season in Indiana. With Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes gone thanks to the acquisition of LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio needed some depth in the frontcourt, and West will provide that and more.

West will also be a leader in the locker room, and the rich only get richer today as Manu Ginobili announced he’s returning for another year. What an offseason for San Antonio.

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