1. New Orleans Hornets
In terms of money and familiarity, a player’s current team always has the advantage to re-sign him. That’s just how the system was assembled. And even with an uncertain future surrounding the franchise, New Orleans has made it very clear that they plan to do everything they can to bring West back. Does this make sense if they’re about to enter rebuilding mode? Probably not. But when you have a two-time All-Star on the roster who gets better just about every season, those are the types of pieces you want to have in place.
2. Indiana Pacers
Moves are going to be made during this short free agency period, and the Pacers are going to have their hands in a lot of deals. With Mike Dunleavy finally off the books, it’s time to find a legit power forward to play alongside Roy Hibbert. We’ve already heard Indiana talking to Utah about the possibility of acquiring Paul Millsap, but if they can sign West outright then they’ve achieved their goal.
3. Washington Wizards
The Wizards have cap space and a desire to put winners on the roster. Both of those bode well for West. While JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche certainly have talent, they haven’t shown that they can lead. And even though Rashard Lewis is expected to stick around in Washington, John Wall needs a power forward that he can run the pick and roll with. West could be that guy.
4. New Jersey Nets
Although a report surfaced the other day that New Jersey is not interested West, free agency is a war of attrition. And if the Nets miss out on Nene, Tyson Chandler and other big names they’re pursuing, West becomes the next likely target. With free agent Kris Humphries‘ status unknown, West would certainly be an upgrade at the power forward position.
5. Denver Nuggets
By the time training camp rolls around, the Nuggets are going to have to fill out a roster. And if they lose Nene, they’re going to have a gaping hole in the middle they need to fill. With Kenyon Martin gone, the only power forwards left on the roster are Al Harrington and rookie Kenneth Faried. West brings experience and production to a group that will desperately need it.
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