David West To Play Cat And Mouse Game With Hornets


David West is rehabbing his knee, but also playing it patient with his contract.

With the off-season in a dull place for Hornets fans some kind of “interesting” news came out today. In fact I wouldn’t really even call it news because fact is, it’s probably something we already knew. NOLA.com’s Jimmy Smith (a hat tip on the work there) has had an interview with David West’s agent, Lance Young.

Young gave Smith and Hornets fans an update on where David is at, rehab wise:

“It’s going really well,” Young said. “I think it’s way ahead of schedule right now. He’s been in Raleigh full-time, and he’s on his way with good rehab and feeling really good about things.”

But the more news-worth story was what he had to say about West’s contract.

“We’ve talked about it [the deadline for Contract extension], and I think he’s going to wait until about a week before that [June 30] to see where his knee is and how it feels and make an educated decision about where to go from there,” Young said. “We really haven’t discussed it because we have some time.”

I feel like I am about to poke more holes into this than it should, but I can’t help but feel speculative, even if it’s somewhat pointless.

There’s no doubt that when David West went down with his injury that he had to reassess where things were at. It was rumored that New Orleans’ General Manager, Dell Demps offered West a contract extension, but it was swiftly rejected. The reason for that, was, at the time West and his management knew that he deserved a lot more than could be offered. The Hornets could only offer a percentage increase on his current deal, which is why it was deemed unfair.

However after his season-ending knee injury many questioned whether West would actually accept his extension option.

But now, we don’t really know for sure. What do we make of what West’s agent’s interview? Well not a whole lot. I think we need to give credence to the possiblity that David still wants to test the market. Every player likes to be sought after, to be pampered to, reminded of why they are so special, they all have ego’s. I don’t really blame him for wanting that experience.

However, West’s value is right around that 8 million dollar mark, but with a new CBA and likely lockout David’s “big pay day” might not be so big. Perhaps Lance Young knows that a contract extension that is around the 8 million range would be very generous under a more tight, new hard-cap in a new CBA deal.

All we know is, this is looking like an episode of Tom and Jerry.

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