The Indiana Pacers are one of the teams that did not endure any significant loss this offseason — unless you count forward Tyler Hansbrough. Well, like I said, they haven’t endured any huge loss to their team this offseason and have only added talent.
Getting a new backup point guard C.J. Watson and bringing over second year forward Chris Copeland from the New York Knicks were their two big moves other than re-signing their big man David West — what I believe to be one of the most significant signings this summer.
In his press conference after officially re-signing, West gave us all a little insight as to what he sees in the future of the team. One of the most intriguing pieces from his interview was in regard to a so-called ‘window’ the team has at the moment.
“I’m going to try to maximize these next three years and squeeze as much out of the orange as possible.”
Wait, three years? That’s it? That’s exactly right. West will be 33 years old by the time the season starts, and it’s tough to imagine him playing at an elite level at age 36. He knows that.
“These next three years, we’ve got a window to win. We’ve got Paul (George). I’m excited about Danny (Granger) getting back into the fold. We’ve got a 7-2 big (Roy Hibbert) who can command double teams and get his around the basket. George, Lance (Stephenson) and his development.”
“So I’m very excited about being part of this group and leaving my imprint on these guys and this organization (before I) close the show.”
Indiana has an incredible roster going into next season. They have just enough to compete with the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference’s best team. West will be an integral part of what they do and if they are to win a title in the next three years, he’ll be the center of it.