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David West, currently chasing rings, once said he’d do the exact opposite

Once upon a time, David West was one of the most committed NBA players around, playing for the New Orleans Hornets for eight seasons, and the Indiana Pacers for four.

But for now, he’s joining his third team in the last three seasons. He played for the Pacers, and turned down a $12 million per year salary to play for the San Antonio Spurs, under the veteran’s minimum. After a disappointing playoff run in which they were eliminated in the second round by the Oklahoma City Thunder, he has decided to leave the Spurs to join the Golden State Warriors, who just added Zaza Pachulia and another guy you’ve probably heard of: Kevin Durant.

Yet, a couple of seasons ago, the Pacers were a legitimate title contender with David West contributing alongside George Hill, Lance Stephenson, and Paul George. Those hopes were quickly demolished for 2014-15, due to a horrific offseason injury to George, Stephenson leaving, and other significant losses.

However, West is now 35, and his time is expiring in this league. It’s clear that the light at the end of the tunnel is coming faster, and he would like to go out with a ring. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that; he seems like a team first guy, taking the veteran’s minimum salary of $1.5 million for the past two years.

But it seems like West has had a change of personality, because in Indiana, he said this:

I’m not going to be one of those guys that’s just out here chasing [rings]. I’m not going to be one those guys out here sacrificing who I am, the things that make me me, to go out and get a material goal.

As his time draws closer to the end, can we accept this change of personality and still be a fan of David West?

West was drafted 18th overall in the 2003 draft by the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans). He has career averages of 14.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, with almost a block and a steal per game.

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