Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  8 responses

Hornets, Monty Williams Hoping to Keep David West

They know West is likely to test the free agent waters this summer, but Monty is hoping he’s done enough to keep David in town. From the Times-Picayune: “He’s earned the right to choose and I’ve talked to him about that on a few occasions,’ Williams said. ‘I’ve tried to show him how diligently I work and prepare so he’ll want to come back here. For us to be in position to keep him is a good thing, but there are going to be teams that come after him. But the cool thing is he knows what we represent and understands where we’re going. He’s going to be the flagship leading us there.’ Williams said West may be the best draft pick in their franchise history. New Orleans selected West as the 18th overall pick in the 2003 draft. West leads the Hornets’ with an 18.7 scoring average and scored 32 points against the Boston Celtics last Saturday. ‘No question, he’s made me look better at coaching than I should look with the way he handles his business and plays on the floor,’ Williams said.”

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  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    As he signed a front end contract that decreases annually, he was always going to opt out.
    I have read that he is one of Monty’s “guys”, and he has a great role in NO. There isn’t another play-off team that he would be a leading scorer for, but I don’t know if he wouldn’t mind rebuilding in NJ with Deron. I have read as much.

  • http://www.streammate.com runNGun

    If West is willing to take a pay cut, he will be welcomed on the Knicks. Make it happen, Monty.

  • Anthony

    as a nets fan i would love to see dwest in a net uni but it all depends on what cp3 does. if cp3 leaves dwest’s best bet would be to play wit dwill… but if he left N.O and cp3 hanging for DWILL then he would look like a traitor … But we all know DWILL is the best PG in the game

  • Riggs

    lol @ runNGun. West to nets is looking like a possibility and it wouldnt be bad at all, but Kris Humphries is balling right now.

  • Anthony

    KRIS is balln but dwest is a better scorer. kris can def be our backup lol @runngun i love to see the knicks lose just cause they tryna be the yankees ………..wit no rings..

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    I bet he stays in NO i mean he doesnt have anywher esle to go that would play him as much

  • http://google J-Ro

    With more cap space now, and wiht K-Mart being a free agent, wouldnt he be a good fit for the new-look Nuggets?

  • Anthony

    nah kmart is fine there……. Hes either stayn or goin to the nets