After Paul George suffered a serious injury, the Indiana Pacers is likely to miss his service for a full season. The Pacers are now looking for possible replacements for their All-Star player and they can do this by signing free agents and possible big trades. One of the trades that are surfacing right now includes David West and the Toronto Raptors.
The Toronto Raptors are looking for a possible deal involving Patrick Patterson and some few assets that they can give. Patterson recently signed a 3 year, $18 million deal with the Raptors. Patterson can be a good pick for the Pacers. He can play as a stretch 4 along side with Roy Hibbert to patrol the shaded area of the court.
The David West – Patrick Patterson trade can be beneficial for both the Raptors and the Pacers. The Raptors obviously will get a talent upgrade with West playing on the court. West can play great offense and defense where the Raptors certainly lack the most.
For the Pacers, aside from getting a younger talent compared to West, will get some sort of salary relief with Patterson. The 6’9 power forward out of University of Kentucky will get lesser money compared to West’s salary ($12 million this year and holds a $12 million dollar option for next year) this season.
If the Raptors can get the services of David West, they will surely enjoy his massive production last season. West posted an average of 14 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game last season. At the age of 33, West still has it. The veteran power forward can lead the youngsters of Raptors to a good run this season.
Adding David West to the Toronto Raptors line up this season is a great upgrade. West can surely complement well the offensive skills and talent of small forward Terrence Ross, shooting guard DeMar DeRozan and point guard Kyle Lowry. He can definitely help up power forward Amir Johnson and center Jonas Valanciunas to take care of the front court. The Raptors has nothing to lose with the West-Patterson trade.
The Indiana Pacers will surely think about this trade since they are in a hurry to recalibrate and re-tool the team after losing PG24. But, it will be really hard for them to let go their veteran and leader on the floor. David West is the strength of the Pacers at the front court. He helped the team in reaching the top of the East last season. He is the 2nd leading scorer of the team next to Paul George.
With Lance Stephenson also out of their roster, the Pacers might have second thoughts of shipping out David West unless the Raptors can give something more aside from sending Patrick Patterson. For Larry Bird, it’s really a big gamble.
The Toronto Raptors will surely bring something great on the table for this trade to happen. They fell short during the last season’s playoff round. David West might be the man that can help them out.