Who Will Be Lakers’ David Wests?

Looking for candidates willing to sign for the veteran minimum like David West did with the Warriors to win a couple of rings

Whether the Lakers spend all their cap space on a third superstar or pair of elite guards, they’re going to need multiple David Wests, capable rotation players willing to play for the vet minimum to pursue championship rings.

While the standard cliché says winning is everything, it’s rare to see an NBA player actually prove it like David West did, turning down a guaranteed $12.6 million dollar player option with the Indiana Pacers in July 2015 to embark upon a three-year journey playing for the $1.4 million vet minimum that happily ended up with him becoming a valuable contributor on two Golden State Warrior championship teams and ultimately winning a pair of rings.

As the Lakers head into free agency this summer, there’s no question they’ll be looking for their own David Wests, veteran players who’ve already made enough money in their careers, still have enough left in their gas tanks, and are willing to play for the vet minimum to win an NBA championship ring. They’re a special breed of player willing to sacrifice millions of dollars for the special thrill and ecstasy that comes with winning an NBA championship.

Here are five NBA vets who’ve made a lot of money but can still play, could fill valuable roles on the team, and might accept the vet minimum salary to sign with Lakers to make their dreams come true and win a championship ring:

  1. Brook Lopez. While the Lakers would love to bring back the 31-year old Lopez, they’re not going to spend scarce cap or room exception dollars on a center when they need guards. Brook had a terrific year, averaging 12.5/4.9/1.2 and shooting 36.5% from deep. But the opportunity to return to the Lakers, possibly start on a team with LeBron and AD, and win a few rings might be enough to lure Splash Mountain to come home.
    2018/19 Earnings: $3,382,000, Career Earnings: $117,423,487

Lakers fanatic since 1971 when team traded for Wilt Chamberlain. Founder, editor, and publisher of Lakerholics.com, a community for smart informed Lakers fans.

Lakers fanatic since 1971 when team traded for Wilt Chamberlain. Founder, editor, and publisher of Lakerholics.com, a community for smart informed Lakers fans.