David West wants to join a championship contender.
Naturally, he looked first to the Warriors and Spurs, the last two NBA champions.
Now, the market appears to be clarifying his options.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
If the Spurs don’t sign LaMarcus Aldridge, David West makes a lot of sense as a fallback option. He’s not nearly as good as Aldridge, but West fits the same style as a jump-shooting power forward. And after trading Tiago Splitter, San Antonio would need another big and have the cap flexibility to get one.
The Wizards could offer West the mid-level exception ($5,464,000). He’s not the 3-point-shooting stretch four they really desire. But he might be the best big they can get, and he’s a good mid-range shooter. Washington would probably offer only a one-year contract, preserving cap space next summer for Kevin Durant.