David West to be free agent

Updated: June 27, 2011, 5:23 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Despite suffering a season-ending knee injury in March, New Orleans Hornets power forward David West has elected to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent.

Facing a June 30 deadline in his contract to notify the Hornets whether he will invoke next season's $7.5 million salary or opt for free agency, West announced his decision through a team statement Monday after an ESPN.com report about his intention to venture into free agency.

"After many months ...

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