West, a 15-year NBA veteran, joins San Antonio Spurs’ great Manu Ginobili as the latest player to announce his retirement. West was a dominant player earlier in his career with the New Orleans Hornets and then the Indiana Pacers. He journeyed to two All-Star Games, and his success was culminated with two NBA championships–both with the Warriors–in 2017 and 2018.
West emerged as the poster child of a veteran seeking championship success, as he left a considerable amount of money on the table back in 2015 to join the Warriors. His decision was a sacrifice in the neighborhood of $10 million, but he finally grabbed the championships he was so desperately seeking.
West was a steadying presence in the Golden State locker room, and he developed into somewhat of a player-coach. A solid role player, West will now open up minutes for youngsters like Jordan Bell, Damian Jones, and Kevon Looney.
The Warriors will also add big man DeMarcus Cousins to the mix when he finishes rehabbing an Achilles injury.
West joined the NBA in the same year as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony, entering in the 2003 draft class.
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