David West addressed with Grantland writer Zach Lowe how truly close he was to becoming a Celtic in 2011:
Yeah, I talked to Ainge. I talked to Doc [Rivers]. I talked to Ray [Allen]. It was definitely out there. I was just trying to weigh immediacy over the long haul. Ultimately, I made the right choice. I mean, all those guys are gone. They're gone from Boston now. When I looked at everything, it made more sense for where I was in my career.
In retrospect, considering the current state of the Celtics it would appear West made the right decision.
He's 33 years old and the Pacers are my pick to win it all this year and should be contenders at least until the following year when he hits the magical decline age for NBA players: 35.
Although, you can't blame Celtic fans for wondering if West would have been the difference for the C's in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals in against Miami.
I guess we'll have to settle for seeing if he's the difference for the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat this season.
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