Tuesday, July 5, 2016

David West keeps turning down big money to try to win a title--that's extremely rare and admirable

Last summer, then 35-year-old power forward David West declined a $12.5 million player option with the Pacers in order to sign a one-year, $1.4 mil veteran's minimum deal with the Spurs.  West wanted to win a championship, and he passed up more than $11 million to try to do it.  That plan didn't work out, so today West inked a $1.3 mil contract (again the veteran's minimum) with the new super-team Warriors.

People will knock West's "ring chasing," but I couldn't disagree more.  It's one thing if you're a Kevin Durant or a LeBron James--the type of superstar who can potentially lead a squad to a title on your own.  It's also a different story if you're a washed-up-probably-should-retire guy trying to snag a championship before calling it quits.  West is neither.  In 78 games for San Antonio in 2015-16, he averaged 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in 18 minutes per contest on a loaded Spurs club.  With a bad team, he would've seen a lot more playing time.

In a market where Evan Turner was handed $70 million for four years, it seems quite likely West could've earned himself at least $10 mil per for the next couple seasons.  A pro athlete taking a salary that's roughly 10 percent of what he could make in order to play for a winner is something we just don't see, let alone twice.


  1. Gotta admit something here my friend: eff David West. That entire thing with him refusing to goto Boston in 2012 and instead going to Indiana because he was convinced they had a better shot to win it all. In hindsight if you replace Bass with West maybe that's enough to get by Miami and possibly win it all.

    But he refused. So I hope he remains ringless.

    1. Yeah, a lot of C's fans have said that, but here's the thing: Even back then, he said he thought the Pacers had a better chance to win than Boston. We can think that was crazy, but he was still motivated by winning.


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