Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Writer
WESTWEGO, La.― Hornets forward David West is progressing in a positive manner after having surgery to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered late in the 2010-11 NBA campaign, coach Monty Williams said.
The two have been in contact this offseason, including as recently as two weeks ago when West told Williams he was at the very least on schedule if not ahead a little bit.
“I think he’s just a diligent, stubborn worker,” Williams said. “He’s going to exhaust himself to get back on the floor or to get back to being David.”
Williams said he gets doctor’s reports on West, but that he relies on the player more than the reports because the reports are “like reading German to me.”
“He sounds good,” Williams said. “His spirits are up.”
What hasn’t been talked about is West’s future with the Hornets. The former All-Star forward can exercise his player-option and stick with the Hornets for the final year of his contract or he can opt out in search of a better deal.
When asked Friday whether West has hinted at which direction he’s leaning, Williams scoffed at the question.
“Are you serious,” Williams said, before adding, “No. ‘Hey David, how are you?’ ‘Great coach.’ ‘Are you going to opt out?’
“No, I’m not going to ask him that. We didn’t talk about it.”
What is clear is that the Hornets would like for West to stick with the franchise, teaming up with Carl Landry, whom they acquired in a trade deadline deal with the Sacramento Kings.
“That would be big for the team,” General Manager Dell Demps said. “That’s the plan. We want to keep those guys together. I kind of feel like that old movie, “The Blues Brothers,” I’m like Jake and Elroy. I’m trying to keep the band together, or get the band back together.”