The Celtics’ roster may not undergo those major changes they expected as free agent David West opted to sign a two-year deal with the Indiana Pacers. Celtics president Danny Ainge was unable to work out a deal with the New Orleans Hornets and a third team that would take Jermaine O’Neal’s contract.
West’s agent, Lance Young, announced the deal Sunday.
“David looks at the Pacers as a good young team with lot of potential,” Young told the Indianapolis Star.
West, a two-time All-Star, is coming off a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee but was looking to cash in with a lucrative free agent contract. The Celtics pursured a three-team deal that would have sent O’Neal and likely another player to match salaries in a sign-and-trade for West.
But the Hornets did not want O’Neal’s expiring contract and the Celtics couldn’t find a third team under the salary cap that would accept it.
That means the Celtics will have to move forward with their current roster and will likely retain O’Neal as their starting center. And the club can now incorporate rookies JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore into practice as both were being held out because of the potential deal.