Report: David West signs with Spurs

David West has signed with the Spurs for the NBA veteran minimum.
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By Will Gibson

Veteran power forward David West has chosen to go, well, west, as he has reportedly signed a one-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs for the veteran’s minimum. The deal is worth about $1.4 million. West opted out of his contract with the Indiana Pacers, which would have paid him $12 million this year.

David Aldridge, not to be confused with West’s new teammate LaMarcus Aldridge, was first with the news.

The West signing is the latest coup for a Spurs franchise that looks set on mounting another charge toward the NBA mountaintop. LaMarcus Aldridge agreed to a four-year deal to join the club Saturday, and Manu Ginobili confirmed on Monday that he would play one more year. Ginobili and Tim Duncan are currently free agents, but both are expected to sign team-favorable deals to stick around for at least another season.

The Cleveland Cavs, who were also in on West, are sitting in something of a holding pattern. Contract talks with Tristan Thompson have slowed since it was reported that the two sides were closing in on a deal, and it is assumed that LeBron James won’t re-sign until Thompson is taken care of. The Cavs still have Brendan Haywood’s contract to play with, with Joe Johnson and now Jamal Crawford among the rumored targets.

West would have been a tremendous acquisition, but missing out on him hardly spells doom for the Cavs. They have – presumably, pending Thompson’s deal – three starting-caliber players to man the 4 and 5 spots, with LeBron capable of playing the 4 as well.

It’s only July, but an NBA arms race is underway.

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