Monday , Dec , 12 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

David West signs with Pacers, not Celtics

A deal that would send David West to the Celtics via sign-and-trade is now dead. Boston was unable to find a taker for Jermaine O’Neal. West has agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Pacers.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: A Celtic legend has stolen a free agent big from his former team.

The Boston Celtics were unable to complete a sign-and-trade for David West because no team was willing to take often-injured Jermaine O’Neal and his handsome salary.

After waiting a few days, West turned his back on the green-and-white and took a two-year, $20 million pact from Larry Bird and the Indiana Pacers.

West would have provided a scorer on the block for the Celtics, and the Pacers, specifically Danny Granger, will benefit from his plethora of post moves.

Look for the Pacers, who finally qualified for the playoffs last year, to take another step in 2012.

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