Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers officially announced
the re-signing of two-time All-Star forward David West during a Wednesday
West played an integral role towards Indiana's run to the Central Division
title and appearance in the Eastern Conference finals this past season, with
the 10-year-veteran averaging 17.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists over
73 games as the Pacers' starting power forward.
Previous reports indicated that West's new contract is for three years and
worth $36 million.
"This is the ideal situation for myself at this stage of my career," said
West. "There's really no other group that I'd rather be part of for the next
few years than this group."
The 32-year-old spent his first eight NBA seasons with the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets before signing a two-year deal with the Pacers
shortly after the 2011 lockout. Over 669 career games, West has averaged 16.1
points and 7.2 rebounds and made back-to-back All-Star Games with the Hornets
in 2008 and 2009.
"He's done more for this franchise then he could ever imagine," Pacers
president of basketball operations Larry Bird said of West. "Coming in here,
establishing himself as a great player, not only on the court, but in the
locker room and the city. There's special players that come through that are
great players, but they don't give their heart and soul off the court or in
the locker room to make other players better. We're very much appreciative of
Indiana also introduced free agent addition C.J. Watson, who signed a reported
two-year contract to serve as the team's new backup to starting point guard
Watson is coming off a solid season as Deron Williams' understudy with
the Brooklyn Nets in which the six-year pro averaged 6.8 points and 2.0
assists over 80 games and shot 41.1 percent from 3-point range. He averaged
9.7 points and a career-best 4.1 assists while starting 25 out of 49
contests for the Chicago Bulls the previous season.
"C.J. Watson is exactly the type of player we were looking for when we said we
needed to address our bench," said Bird. "He's experienced and he has been
with winning teams, so he knows what it takes."
The 29-year-old Watson owns career averages of 7.6 points, 2.5 assists and
a 38.2 percent 3-point percentage over 385 games.
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