Pacers forward David West opts out of final year of contract, to become free agent
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 25, 2015) — After four years, forward David West is saying goodbye to the Pacers.
The news of his departure was originally reported yesterday by Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star.
He opted out of the final year of his contract and will not re-sign with the team, leaving behind a guaranteed $12.6 million. According to Buckner’s report, it wasn’t about the money, but West’s need for a new fit.
Despite experiencing some of his worst numbers this past season, and missing 16 games due to injury, the 35 year old was still a huge presence on and off the court, offering veteran leadership to a rebuilding roster.
The Pacers did not expect to hear West’s decision prior to Thursday night’s draft, but the new information certainly helps the blue and gold make choices of their own. They will have more cap space and the ability to begin playing a more up-tempo style of ball, something the team has stressed as its goal moving forward.
The Pacers are still waiting on a decision from big man Roy Hibbert. He has until Monday to inform the Pacers of his intentions.
Free agency begins on July 1.