(NEW YORK) — David West was one of the key reasons why the Indiana Pacers were able to make it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and he hopes he gets to keep playing for the team beyond this season.
Despite his love for the Pacers, West will become an unrestricted free agent once the season is over, and he’s expected to be in demand.
“These are my guys. You know, I can’t see myself going anywhere else,” West said. “We’re the second best team in the Eastern Conference, one of the top four teams in the league, in my estimation, based on this year.”
Even though West wants to stay in Indiana, he will likely have to take a pay cut to stay. He made $10 million this past season, and will likely have to take a reduced salary to stay with the team.
In his second season in Indiana, the 32-year-old West averaged 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. West had previously spent his first eight season with the New Orleans Hornets.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN