New Orleans Hornets forward David West has not indicated yet if he will opt out of his contract to pursue free agency after this season, but Coach Monty Williams is anticipating it could happen.

"He's earned the right to choose and I've talked to him about that on a few occasions,'' Williams said. "I've tried to show him how diligently I work and prepare so he'll want to come back here.

"For us to be in position to keep him is a good thing, but there are going to be teams that come after him. But the cool thing is he knows what we represent and understands where we're going. He's going to be the flagship leading us there.''