Indiana Pacers, David West Agree To $20 Million Deal

Free-agent forward David West will be an Indiana Pacer for at least the next two-years after signing a $20 million deal with the team on Sunday.

The New Orleans Hornets had hoped to send West to the Boston Celtics as part of a sign-and-trade deal but those talks were ruled dead in the water on Sunday morning, leading to the Indiana trade.

West is a two-time all star who was drafted by New Orleans in 2003, he started 70 games last season and averaged 18.9 points with 7.6 rebounds. West was injured when he tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during his teams match against Utah on March 25.

After undergoing reconstructive surgery on April 12 West turned down a $7.5 million offer that would have allowed him to play with the Hornets this season.

In the meantime the Indiana Pacers are said to be still in trade mode with advanced discussions underway with the Memphis Grizzlies which will send guard O.J. May to the pacers for free agent Josh McRoberts.

Also still in the running for positions with Indiana are Carl Landry and Andrei Kirilenko, both of whom are wanted by the Pacers front office.

Do you think the Indiana Pacers made a worthwhile acquisition by bringing David West into the fold?