Pacers re-sign David West to three-year deal
It didn't take long to confirm what we already viewed as a virtual certainty - the Pacers re-signed West to a three-year, $36 million deal on Tuesday, the second day of free agency.
West will return to Indiana as the starting power forward, a role in which he excelled this past season. West averaged 17.1 points on 49.8% shooting with 7.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 2012-13 - all of those numbers were significantly improved from the previous season. West, however, will be 33 years old before the start of next season, so don't expect another bump in numbers - he'd be thrilled to match his production from last season.
Much of the Pacers' hard-nosed, tenacious style of play stems from West's attitude on the court. The Pacers are amongst the most physical teams in the NBA, and West deserves a lot of the credit for that. The 6'9'' forward is as tough as they come, and has missed an average of only 5.7 games per season over the past six years.
With the rest of their core already under contract for next season, the Pacers will return as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Having improved their backcourt by signing backup point guard C.J. Watson, they have a good shot at being even better than they were when they lost in seven games to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Pacers have said that they won't go into the luxury tax "for any reason," so the team is most likely done making significant moves in free agency.