I began to really think about this whole David West situation, the context, what he wants, his desire to win a championship, all of that. Then I though, “what if he picks up his option, just to get things ready for next offseason?” It doesn’t sound that crazy a thought process. Knowing that your coming off a serious knee injury, giving yourself time before you really decide where you want to play is probably the right thing to do before you get back to full strength.
Added incentive to this, is that Chris Paul also can opt-out at the end of next season. If they both enter free-agency, expect them to be attached at the hip wherever they go.
This kind of really sucks for Hornets fans, because this creates much more uncertainty about the team. Dell Demps would have his work cut out for him because he’d need to really make some noise to convince both players that they can win a championship here.
Listening to New York Knicks fans isn’t the most wise thing to do. They’re resined to the notion that Chris Paul is going there, based on nothing more than pure, utter speculation. I think that the Hornets need to build for more depth, more overall talent and be willing to spend into the future. None of that happens unless an owner steps up, as Gary Chouest waits in the wings.
It’s still anyone’s guess as to what David will do. But I seriously think that opting in is the most likely of outcomes in one week’s time.