West declined a $12 million player option with the Indiana Pacers and decided to choose winning over the money.
Washington could’ve offered West the mid-level exception, which is worth just over $5 million, while the Spurs only had the veteran minimum to work with. West opted to take the safer route and picked the Spurs over the Wizards, even though he’ll lose roughly $10 million by doing so.
At this point in his career, it’s clear money isn’t a concern for David West.
The Spurs will have one of the deepest front courts in the NBA.
Washington wanted to replace Paul Pierce‘s leadership by adding David West, but now they’ll obviously have to look elsewhere.
So, where do the Wizards go from here?
David West was likely their number one option. With him gone, Washington will look to use their mid-level exception on the best player available who could help them become more versatile next season.
In my opinion, the Wizards should attempt to sign Mirza Teletovic with the mid-level exception.
Even though the Brooklyn Nets extended the qualifying offer to Mirza Teletovic, it’s unclear if they’d be willing to match a deal north of $5 million given how much they’re burdened with taxes.
Teletovic is the best available stretch four in free agency and would give Randy Wittman the versatility Washington needs. His ability to shoot from outside and create for himself would take pressure off John Wall and Bradley Beal. His shooting numbers weren’t terrific in Brooklyn, but he’d thrive in Washington.
The Spurs continue to get better somehow. It was once believed they would let Danny Green go to make room for Aldridge. Not only have they re-signed Green, but they’ve acquired Aldridge and David West. Wow.
Now we’ll just have to see if Grunfeld chooses to add another player through free agency or perhaps makes a deal through trade.