West opted out of the final year of a contract that would have paid him over $12 million to join a contender. The Spurs were rumored to be near the top of his list but the Cavaliers and Wizards were in the mix for his services. With Manu Ginobili returning and signing for the room exception, San Antonio only had the minimum to offer. It seems the allure of playing next to Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge was enough to convince West to leave $11 million on the table to join the Spurs.
This signing goes a long way into rounding out the big man rotation. West is an accomplished veteran who will be able to step in from the bench and give the team minutes at power forward from day one. He's a tough defender and rebounder and can knock down mid-range jumpers as a pick-and-pop threat or occasionally post up smaller players. West is not the potent offensive player he was when he was younger but on a small role and with plenty of weapons surrounding him, he should fare better than he did in Indiana last season.
There's still some work to be done on the edges of the roster but the Spurs now go nine deep with quality players. This free agency period could not have gone better for San Antonio.
The Spurs have five open roster spots left, provided Reggie Williams is renounced, and only minimum contracts left to fill them.
West averaged 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes per game last season with the Pacers.