Sources: David West to decline option with Spurs, ponders future

Shams Charania

San Antonio Spurs forward David West has decided to decline his $1.5 million player option for 2016-17 and evaluate his playing future, league sources told The Vertical.

David West (right) averaged 7.1 points for the Spurs last season. (Getty Images)
David West (right) averaged 7.1 points for the Spurs last season. (Getty Images)

West signed a two-year contract with the Spurs last season, rejecting his $12.6 million option with the Indiana Pacers to sign for the veteran's minimum and pursue a championship in San Antonio.

West relished playing for the Spurs in a reserve role to LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan. For West, declining the second-year option had always been a relative lock. West, 35, now faces a final decision on continuing his playing career, and would assuredly consider a return to the Spurs. The Spurs could give West a more lucrative deal depending on their free-agent pursuits.

In 78 games this season, West averaged 7.1 points and four rebounds while shooting 54.5 percent from the field.

The Spurs also face option and playing decisions from longtime stars Duncan and Manu Ginobili. San Antonio made a run to the Western Conference semifinals, where they lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games.

West has averaged 14.8 points and 6.9 rebounds in 13 NBA seasons with New Orleans, Indiana and San Antonio. He was the No. 18 overall pick by New Orleans in the 2003 NBA draft out of Xavier.