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David West drawing interest from Pacers, Warriors, more

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David West (kind of like Caron Butler) is an interesting free agent case — he’s 31 and coming off major knee surgery. Combined those are a pretty massive red flag.

But he has been a good, borderline All-Star (he made it in 2008 and 2009) forward who is one of the best pick-and-pop bigs in the league. Pair him with a good point guard and you get some instant offense and solid all-around play. That is, if he is all the way back.

He’s an unrestricted free agent and the Hornets want to keep him — it’s going to be hard to keep Chris Paul happy without him — but a number of teams are interested, tweets Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated.

Source says Indiana, New Orleans, G. State and Washington have all expressed interest in former Hornets forward/2-time All-Star David West.

Indiana has Darren Collison, Washington has John Wall, Golden State has Stephon Curry — you can see while all of them would reach out to West.

The question really becomes how much are they willing to pay.

West made $8.3 million last season and opted out of a $7.5 million payday for next season. He would like to make more than that, but what he really wants with it is the security of multiple years. How many years are you willing to give a 31-year-old coming off knee surgery?

The team willing to take the biggest risk gets him.

‘Melo wants CP3 in New York. Isn’t this why there’s a lockout?

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This news is not surprising. In fact, I’d be shocked if Carmelo Anthony didn’t say he wants Chris Paul to play for the Knicks. It’s been on the radar since ‘Melo’s wedding and New Yorkers are salivating.

But it also has lockout undertones. It helps explains why we are here.

First, the quote from the New York Post.

“If it works out and he comes here and they allow him to come here, you’ll see a smile from ear to ear,” Anthony said during an appearance in Greenwich Village. “It’s not just me. It’s everybody [in New York]. If he decides to leave New Orleans and goes somewhere else, they’ll be feeling the same way I’m feeling.”

Paul can opt out of his contract with the Hornets after next season and become an unrestricted free agent. Virtually every team in the NBA would have interest; Paul is an elite point guard who you can build around.

But the thought of him leaving a small market for a big one like New York is part of the reason we are sitting without basketball a couple weeks away from when the season should have started. Splitting up the revenue is the big issue, but those “system” and “competitive balance” issues the owners keep talking about come back to things like this.

What LeBron James did — when he held all the power and went to a team loaded with talent — scared small market owners. What Carmelo Anthony did — by holding Denver hostage and forcing a trade to where he wanted — scared small market owners.

Those owners want to prevent that situation. They do not want more CP3 in New York and they want a system that makes sure of it.

You need to get a hold of one of about 10 elite players in the NBA if you are serious about winning an NBA title. Small market owners fear they cannot hold on to those guys and they point to LeBron and ‘Melo as evidence. Small market owners want a system where they think they can keep those guys and they want it to be easier to put move role players in and out around them.

It’s all a fallacy — those small market teams could keep the big stars if they handled it right (see Tim Duncan in San Antonio, see Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City). Also, small markets spend like big markets when they have these stars (see the Cavaliers with LeBron. And regardless of the system, free agents are going to go to contenders, big markets and warm weather cities. Why do you think the Lakers have been a free agent draw for years — fun city, great weather and marketing opportunities. Those things do not go away because of a luxury tax.

But sure, ‘Melo wants Chris Paul in New York. We’ve known that since his wedding. It’ just going to be a lot harder to pull off, now.

David West’s agent says David West is healthy

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From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

Free agent David West, one of top players on market, has doctor’s full clearance to return after ACL surgery, agent Lance Young tells Y!

West averaged 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, and his combination of a good inside game and a reliable pick-and-pop jump shot has made him Chris Paul’s favorite target over the past several seasons. Unfortunately, West tore his ACL in late March of last season, and missed the remainder of the season and the playoffs.

The lockout puts West in an awkward position — he has had more time to rehab his knee and try to get back to 100% than he normally would have, but he was in position to command a huge payday this off-season, and the lockout has prevented that from happening. One has to imagine that the Hornets will pay top dollar in order to keep the 31-year old West, if only because they will have an extremely difficult time Chris Paul in New Orleans next off-season if they don’t have West on the roster.

Plenty of bidders, Hornets not leaving Big Easy anytime soon

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What happens in New York this week has a lot more to do with the long-term viability of the Hornets in New Orleans than anything else. Revenue sharing among owners and how the new salary system works — and if it means the Hornets really can keep Chris Paul — are at the heart of New Orleans ability to survive in its market.

But while those issues, more and more people are lining up to buy the team — and it’s not going anywhere.

That’s what league-appointed team president Jac Sperling told the Times-Picayune.

Actually, we’ve started having conversations with potential owners already. The number of potential owners has grown. I think the commissioner (David Stern) mentioned there were four or five, and I think the number has increased a little bit. There are some potential owners who live in New Orleans and some who live outside of New Orleans. But all of them understand that they would be buying a team that would have a long-term lease here. And that’s the goal — to extend the lease to a long-term arrangement with the state as part of finding a new owner.

The league is still negotiating a lease extension at a better rent, something else the new owner will inherit.

We could have a discussion about whether what the NBA needs to do is move out of struggling markets to stronger ones. Frankly, the owners should be having that conversation. But for now, Hornets fans don’t need to worry about their team moving for a while.

What the Hornets should do if the lockout ends

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It’s a crucial year for the Hornets. Chris Paul can opt out of his contract with New Orleans after this season, and it goes without saying that the franchise would be devastated if Paul left the team. Here are a few ways that the Hornets can build on their spirited first-round performance against the Lakers last season:

– Get Healthy:

After battling injuries for the better part of two regular seasons and seeing his PER drop from 30 in 08-09 to 23.75 in 09-10 and 10-11, Chris Paul used the first round of the playoffs to show everybody that when CP3 is on his game, he’s as good as anybody in the league. Paul is almost unquestionably the league’s best ballhandler and one of its best passers, and he’s turned himself into one of the league’s best outside shooters as well.

If his knees can stay healthy for a full season, he could give the Hornets a fighting chance at getting into the playoffs and winning a series or two all by himself. He’s that good.

David West is CP3’s sidekick on the court, but a torn ACL suffered late in the year kept him out of the playoffs and could cause him to miss a significant portion of this season. If Paul and West both have healthy knees coming into the playoffs, the Hornets could make some noise. If they don’t, it’s hard to envision them as serious contenders.

– Get Players:

It’s not a state secret that the Hornets’ roster is incredibly thin. Outside of Paul, Jarrett Jack, Emeka Okafor, West, and Trevor Ariza, the Hornets don’t have much, and the team desperately needs to stock the roster with some quality role players and veterans (in other words, not Marco Belinelli), who can knock down the open shots that Paul creates and play some defense.

– Stay Defensive:

The secret of the Hornets’ return to the playoffs was their improved defense. Under Monty Williams, the Hornets were a top-10 team in defensive efficiency last season. If the Hornets can maintain their commitment to defense and become the best defensive team in the Western conference (only the Lakers and Mavericks had a higher defensive efficiency in the West than the Hornets did last season), and simply let a healthy CP3 do his thing on offense, they could end up being a very tough out in the playoffs.