Pacers Links: David West, C.J. Watson officially ready to go for Pacers

Mike Ehrmann

The Pacers showed off their offseason prizes thus far on Wednesday, the first day NBA teams can sign free agents.

The Indiana Pacers officially announced the signings of David West and C.J. Watson on Wednesday afternoon. Bringing West back was the team's top priority this offseason, although it didn't take much effort since West re-signing with the Pacers was also his top priority, as quoted on

"This was the situation that I wanted to be in so there really wasn't much of a free agency from my perspective," West said at the news conference.

"This really was a no-brainer for me. I talked to coach and guys, and everybody knew I was going to be back here. This is an ideal situation for myself at this stage of my career. There's no other group I'd rather be a part of for the next few years than this group."

West went on to say the team was still hungry to play after being eliminated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and with the starting unit back their goal should be earning the top seed in the East so they make sure they have Game 7 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

C.J. Watson expressed in happiness with joining a team ready to compete for a championship and said he was willing to do whatever was needed to help out. Appears he also enjoyed getting to know Larry Bird.

The Pacers did not announce the signing of Chris Copeland since they have agreed to an offer sheet. The Knicks didn't match so now it is a matter of hammering out the details to finalize Cope's deal with the blue and gold.

Check out the links:

One Goal Complete, Progress Made to Upgrade Bench | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Indiana Pacers forward David West calls his decision to re-sign with team 'a no-brainer' | Indianapolis Star |

Pacers make West, Watson deals official - 1070 The Fan

With free agents signed, Pacers have high hopes for 2013-14 | Fox 59 News –

NBA Summer League 2013 schedule: Orlando Pro Summer League play winds down Thursday - Orlando Pinstriped Post

Parting with Hansbrough is sweet sorrow for Pacers - 1070 The Fan

Brunt: One-on-one with Pacers coach Frank Vogel

Report: Teague Signs Bucks’ Offer Sheet « Hang Time Blog |

Bynum agrees to two-year deal with Cavaliers |

Chauncey Billups returns to Pistons on two-year deal - Yahoo! Sports

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