August 31, 2018 / 1:39 AM / 2 years ago

NBA notebook: Warriors veteran West retires

Golden State Warriors forward and two-time All-Star David West announced his retirement on Thursday, one day after celebrating his 38th birthday.

FILE PHOTO: Apr 30, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward David West (30) shoots the ball over Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter (11) in game one of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

The 18th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, West averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 1,034 games over 15 NBA seasons, playing for the Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Hornets.

The former Xavier star began his career with the Hornets and spent his first eight seasons with the franchise, earning both his All-Star berths and twice averaging more than 20 points per game. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in a reserve role the past two seasons with the champion Warriors.

West signed with the Pacers in 2011, helping Indiana reach the Eastern Conference finals in 2013-14. West then declined a $12.6 million player option with Indiana, choosing to sign on with the Spurs on a veteran minimum contract in 2015.

—The Atlanta Hawks signed former fifth-overall pick Thomas Robinson, the team announced.

Robinson, 27, played last season for BC Khimki in Russia, where he averaged 8.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game, after bouncing around between six NBA teams from 2012 to 2017.

In five NBA seasons, Robinson has averaged 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game across 313 games. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 11.7 minutes for the Los Angeles Lakers in his most recent season.

—Kyle Singler will be waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder under the stretch provision to save more than $23 million in salary and luxury tax in 2018-19, ESPN reported. The move will wipe out the final year of Singler’s contract. He was owed $5 million.

Using the stretch provision allows the Thunder to spread Singler’s cap hit over five years — at $1 million per year. The move lowers the NBA luxury tax penalty for the Thunder from $93.19 million to $73.78 million.

Singler, 30, was a second-round pick out of Duke in 2011 by the Detroit Pistons. He joined the Thunder during the 2014-15 season but never found a consistent role.

—A Miami Heat executive is under federal investigation, suspected of taking $13.4 million in sponsorship money from the Sacramento Kings, his former employer, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The Heat suspended Jeffrey R. David after learning federal prosecutors suspect he ran a money-laundering operation that sent $9 million from the Golden 1 Credit Union and another $4.4 million from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation into his account instead of the team’s.

David, 44, served as the chief revenue officer for the Kings until June 1, when the team eliminated his job. In July, he joined the Heat in the same capacity. The Kings reported the alleged theft to federal investigators last week. No charges have been filed.

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