After declining an eight-figure player option to join the San Antonio Spurs last summer, David West is reportedly headed west this coming fall.
The veteran forward and the Golden State Warriors reached a one-year deal Tuesday for the veteran’s minimum ($1.55 million), perTurner Sports’ David Aldridge. Sam Amick of USA Today confirmed the news.
West’s agreement comes a day after the Kevin Durant announced he’d be joining the Warriors in an essay on The Players’ Tribune. The 35-year-old is second veteran to go ring-chasing in Golden State; center Zaza Pachulia agreed to a one-year deal for the room exception (about $2.9 million) Monday, per Shams Charania of The Vertical.
West’s decision to join the Warriors comes after he declined to pick up his player option for the 2016-17 campaign with San Antonio. At the time, his agent Jeff Austin told Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, “He hasn’t 100 percent even decided to play.”
West came off the bench for the Spurs and averaged 7.1 points on a career-best 54.5 shooting percentage and 4.0 boards per game in 2015-16. In his prime, West averaged double-figure scoring totals for 10 straight seasons from 2005-06 through 2014-15 and posted more than 20 per night twice. The two-time All-Star is a dangerous pick-and-pop option who can extend his arsenal to the mid-range and score over smaller defenders on the blocks.