It wasn't the Boston Celtics that landed All-Star forward David West Sunday. Instead, it was the Indiana Pacers who signed the star to a two-year, $20-million deal and vastly improved their front court. The news comes as a bit of surprise, as of Saturday night it seemed the Celtics were the favorite to land west in a sign-and-trade deal. However, the New Orleans Hornets did not want to take Boston forward Jermaine O'Neal, so the deal stalled sometime this weekend.
On Friday, Boston traded for forward Brandon Bass, who was swapped for Glen Davis. If West was picked up by Boston, the 31-year-old, who's coming off of reconstructed knee surgery, would have been battling for playing time with Bass and aging veteran Kevin Garnett.
Last season in 70 games, West averaged 18. points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game