David West a top priority for Indiana Pacers

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm •  Published: June 13, 2013
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Still, Pritchard said proof that Indiana is moving forward could persuade West into signing with the team again.

Last summer, Indiana gave big contracts to Roy Hibbert and George Hill. They will likely seek to re-sign Paul George and Lance Stephenson, who are scheduled to become restricted free agents in 2014. And while the bench that didn't provide much scoring punch against the Heat, Walsh said he's not worried about it.

The Pacers must also decide what to do with Danny Granger, who led the Pacers in scoring each of the previous five seasons. In 2012-13, he played in only five games because of an injured left knee.

"As we're moving forward and Danny is healthy and put back into the lineup, whether it be on the bench or starting," Pritchard said. "That allows us to have one more player that has a lot of experience out there."

Walsh also said the door is still open for former team President Larry Bird, who left after the 2012 season because of health reasons. Walsh came out of retirement to run the team and always told Bird he had the option to return.

"It remains what I've said since I got here and every other day since," Walsh said. "I'd love to see him come back. He knows he can come back. I'm sure he's going to direct himself to it."

Bird's name has circulated in reports of joining other teams, but nothing has come together. Bird was named president of basketball operations in 2003 and played a significant role in helping the team rebuild over most of the past decade.