David West reportedly set to opt out from Indiana Pacers contract

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The NBA has gone trade and contract crazy in recent days ahead of the 2015-16 season.

The Sacramento Kings kicked things off with head coach George Karl reportedly making it very openly known that he wanted star center DeMarcus Cousins off the team despite the big man being the Kings only All-Star caliber player.

Then today we got a spate of contract news, with several players - including Kevin Love of the Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis revealing that they would be opting out to test the waters in free agency.

West Out?

And now there is a new name entering the opting out fray, with Indiana Pacers forward David West not taking his player option on the last year of his deal in Indy.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Star‘s Candace Buckner, West is opting out of the final year of his contract, which would pay him $12.6 million for next season.

West is 34-years old now and the veteran is definitely not going to get another contract that pays him anywhere near the $12million mark that he would have in Indiana, but the big man wants more long-term security on a smaller multi-year deal, be it in with the Pacers or elsewhere in the National Basketball Association.

End of an Era

The Pacers could well be looking at the end of an era here with a fair chunk their current core potentially leaving as Roy Hibbert could well join West in walking out the door.

Last season was basically a lost year because of Paul George‘s leg injury, but Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard may decide they need to retool with younger players around a newly healthy George going forward.

The Pacers missed out on the playoffs last year by just one game to the Brooklyn Nets, and seem certain that they can get back to the top of the Eastern Conference, challenging the likes of the Hawks and Cavs.


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