David West to join the Pacers

With money to spend, Larry Bird is already making some moves as training camp begins.

The franchise has signed former New Orleans Hornets' forward David West to a two-year, 20 million dollar contract.

The news was first reported Sunday afternoon by Indianapolis Star reporter Mike Wells  and was later confirmed by West in an interview with ESPN.

"Indy was a team that I was really giving a good, hard look at," West said in an interview with ESPN.com's news services. "They've got a good balance in terms of a couple good veterans and some really good young players. There are some budding guys and I think that's a team that I can help in the next couple years."

So far the Indiana Pacers have not confimed this transaction.

West played 70 games last season for New Orleans, scoring 18.9 points a game while grabbing 7.5 rebounds a contest. His services were courted by a few teams following the end of the lockout, with Indiana beating out Boston in the end.