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David West to Opt Out of Pacers Contract, per Report

Indiana Pacers veteran power forward David West is expected to opt out of his $12.6 million deal for next season, according to Candace Buckner of The Indy Star. Pacers president Larry Bird offered up this statement when asked about the report:

Whatever the case, West opting out sure seems like a sign that he may be ready to move on, because why opt out of $12.6 million at age 34? Perhaps the veteran power forward plans to re-sign with the Pacers on a longer deal, but it’s not hard to envision him going elsewhere.

Pacers center Roy Hibbert also has to decide on his player option, which is set to pay him $15.51 million next year. It’s unclear what Hibbert’s plans are, and if both he and West wind up going elsewhere, Indiana would have around $26 million in cap space. That would allow them to go after a player like Monta Ellis, among others, as they look to play a more up-tempo style of basketball. Even if just West leaves, that would still leave a nice chunk of space to make a move.

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