The Warriors are bringing back who they can. After re-signing Shaun Livingston to a three-year deal, Golden State has agreed on a one-year deal with veteran forward David West, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge.
The contract for the 2017-18 season will be his last, as retirement looms next summer.
West joined the Warriors last summer after a failed season with the Spurs preceded an illustrious tenure with both the Indiana Pacers and the then-called New Orleans Hornets. A bruiser who made his name setting bone-crushing screens and as a pick-and-pop mid-range shooter, West boasts career averages of 14 points and 6.6 rebounds on near 50 percent field goal shooting.
The 36-year-old power forward earned his first NBA championship with the Warriors last season, playing spot minutes for a Golden State team touting four All-Stars including two-time MVP Stephen Curry and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant. The Warriors became the most dominant team in postseason history, sweeping through the Western Conference playoffs before handily defeating Cleveland in the Finals in five games.
Now, West makes his return for a chance to go back-to-back, putting the cap on an incredible basketball career that has checked off most boxes a 15-year player could ask for.