UPDATE: Former Xavier basketball star David West agreed to terms Monday with the San Antonio Spurs, according to multiple media outlets, reportedly walking away from $12.6 million from the Indiana Pacers in favor of $1.4 million from the Spurs.
West is reportedly being pursued by the Cleveland Cavaliers among other NBA teams, according to national media reports.
West, the Pacers veteran forward, reportedly chose to opt out of $12.6 million for this upcoming season for the chance to play for a contender.
“At this point in my career, it’s all about winning,” West told WTHR’s Bob Kravitz in Indianapolis. “I don’t want to be in a position where we’re just fighting to make the playoffs. I want to be in a spot where we can legitimately taste the finals.”
The Cavs, Spurs, Warriors and Wizards are among the teams with interest in the forward.
The Cavs won’t have much to pay West due to other contracts, but the Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd says West can add depth to the post for the Cavs.
This will be the 12th year in the NBA for West, who was a rookie in the 2003-04 season after having a standout career with Xavier.
As a senior at Xavier, he was named AP National Player of the Year and National Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association.