Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 7/3/13
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers wanted David West to stick around and lead a championship run. The 32-year-old power forward never planned on leaving town.West agreed to a three-year contract with Indiana on the second day of free agency, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. The person requested anonymity because NBA rules prohibit teams from announcing signings until July 10. The deal is reportedly worth 36 million.For the Pacers, Tuesday's announcement may turn out to be their biggest move of the entire offseason."Obviously, our No. 1 priority is to get David West signed," president of basketball operations Larry Bird said Monday, reiterating the point his predecessor Donnie Walsh and general manager Kevin Pritchard made two weeks earlier at an end-of-the-season news conference.The reason was obvious. On the court, West provided a physical inside presence that allowed the Pacers to play in-your-face defense, though he was far more than just an enforcer...
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