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NBA Free Agents 2011: 5 Teams That May Lure David West from New Orleans Hornets
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David West—power forward on the New Orleans Hornets—will be one of the most sought-after free agents in the 2012 class once (if) the NBA lockout ends.

West finished the 2010-11 season early because of a left knee injury that required him to get reconstructive surgery. However, in the 70 games that he was in the lineup, West was one of the best big men in the league.

In 35 minutes per game he averaged a team-high 19 points on 51 percent shooting. West also rebounded well, pulling down 7.6 boards—including two offensive rebounds a game.

With numbers like these, West has the potential to be a game-changer for a team on the verge of making a championship run.

There's still a chance that West will remain in New Orleans, but he has made it clear that he wants to be on a team that will win. In an article by USA Today West qualified his desire to enter free agency saying:

It's not taking New Orleans out of the equation, just an opportunity to sign a better deal, and an opportunity to make sure the decision I make for the next three to four years puts me in the best possible situation to win—not just winning and making the playoffs, but legitimately having a chance to compete for championships.

With that said, here are five teams that may be able to lure David West away from the New Orleans Hornets.

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