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08:11 AM ET 01.25 | David West apparently isn't worried about his market value, or his bargaining power, or re-upping with the Hornets just yet. West, who can opt out of the last year of his contract this summer, reiterated his stance on waiting until season's end to make any decisions on staying or signing an extension. A report indicated that general manager Dell Demps had made an extension offer to West's representatives at Octagon, but West said that an extension offer "has always been out there. But just in terms of making a good business decision, I'm not sure that would be smart. I've been saying the same thing: I'm just going to wait until the end of the year, and I want to make the best decision I can make in terms of my future."

The Times-Picayune

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January 25, 2011  08:31 AM ET

"I'm just going to wait until the end of the year, and I want to make the best decision I can make in terms of my future."

Translation: If the money's right, I'll be here--otherwise, I'm gone.

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January 25, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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"I'm just going to wait until the end of the year, and I want to make the best decision I can make in terms of my future."Translation: If the money's right, I'll be here--otherwise, I'm gone.

I don't blame him. There's too many uncertainties with that franchise.

January 25, 2011  09:19 AM ET

With the looming lockout its surprising that a borderline superstar isn't jumping on an extension offer. Its not like West will make tons of money via endorsements.

January 25, 2011  09:47 AM ET

Not enough beads, Bro?

January 25, 2011  09:50 AM ET
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With the looming lockout its surprising that a borderline superstar isn't jumping on an extension offer. Its not like West will make tons of money via endorsements.

You remember last year when Shaq signed with Cleveland and rented instead of buying cos Lebron told him he's gone? Same here... CP3's told the man he's out so heck yeah... he'll wait too.

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January 25, 2011  10:40 AM ET

At 31 next season, 7.4 reb, for $8.3m, .... i would take the extension ...

and Who will he have MANY offers from .... DEN, DET, IND, MEM, NJ, PHO, ... OKC is the only playoff team with CAP Room

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January 25, 2011  11:57 AM ET
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Thunder could use him.

Hey Dee. While West would not be bad for the Thunder, signing him would take away their cap space. He is a pretty good player but not someone that can take OKC to the next level. They would be better off developing Ibaka.

Durant and Westbrook can make up for the sub-standard production coming from their SGs but they need a low post player. Maybe they can package Green and Harden and get Gasol from Memphis.

Or, and I can't believe that I am saying this but, they can front load a contract offer and pry Oden away from Portland. If healthy he could clog up the paint on D and his offense would not be needed. <checks temperature but is not running a fever>

January 25, 2011  12:09 PM ET
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At 31 next season, 7.4 reb, for $8.3m, .... i would take the extension ...and Who will he have MANY offers from .... DEN, DET, IND, MEM, NJ, PHO, ... OKC is the only playoff team with CAP Room

West going to OKC would be very interesting, i think this is the summer they have to go and fianlly use their cap space to sign a guy, it could potentially be the last time they have that chance. time to go get a legit PF because Jeff Green is not it imo (and will someone please tell him he's still not a 3pt shooter)

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January 25, 2011  12:36 PM ET
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I partially agree.Okc needs a big that can score in the post as they can't, which will kill them in the playoffs againWest can score down low, but he is a bit undersized....thing is, who can they get hats better?They still have tradeable assets in green and harden if they need to upgrade further

I don't think low post scoring is that important anymore. They didn't need him scoring in the post last night, and they won.

The NBA is not like it used to be, Jumpers, mid range game, and dribble penetration rules the day.

West would help any team he went to except NY. No knock on NY, they already have a ton of shooters.

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January 25, 2011  12:38 PM ET

isn't that obvious? he's waiting for CP3 to make the first move.

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January 25, 2011  12:59 PM ET
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Last night? Who vares?I'm talking playoff basketbal, a seriesYou need scoring in the post to win a ring unless you have mj on your squad

The Thunder are not lacking on offense but they are lacking on defense. They need a center or other low post player that will do the dirty work. As I mentioned before that is where a Gasol or maybe an Aden may help. Yikes I said Oden again.

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