David West decided not to exercise the option in his contract, electing to test free agency rather than return to the Pacers, who plan to play at a faster tempo next year.
Nearly 35 years old, West figured to be passing up nearly $12 million due to him next season in order to join a contender and finish his quality career with a chance to add a ring.
League source: David West is "very likely" to sign with the Knicks come FA. "He knew that before he chose not to opt in" with the Pacers.
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) June 25, 2015
Wait, what? The news is very peculiar for a couple reasons. First, the Knicks are far from a contender. Also, they will still need a rim protector, so this means Carmelo Anthony is boxed into playing as a small forward. If not’s that Melo has to be a power forward all the time, but this move makes it a lot harder to slot him there.
Using valuable cap space on a player who is in no way part of the future also seems like a poor decision, but also completely in line with recent Knicks history.