West said he declined to “evaluate his playing future,” after spending the past season as a reserve to Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge. Due to his spot in the rotation, West played his fewest minutes since 2004-05 but did appear in 78 of the Spurs’ games this year. He averaged 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in 18 minutes of action and provided great paint protection.
He opted out of the last year of his contract with the Indiana Pacers after the 2014-15 season and inked a deal with San Antonio for the veteran minimum. The main reason West came to the Spurs was to be a part of a contender, but the Oklahoma City Thunder knocked the Spurs out of the playoffs in six games in their second-round series.
After spending four years at Xavier and entering the league as a 23-year-old, he might his time in the league shortening. The 2016-17 season will mark the start of West’s 14th in the NBA, and he could test the free agent market to scoop up as much cash as he can before retiring.
Nevertheless, it’s entirely possible that the Spurs coax West to stay by offering him a bigger salary, and forgo a big-time free agent. Another question mark that might persuade San Antonio’s decision is what Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili decide what they want to do with their futures, as both stars are uncertain about retirement.