Garner’s David West is moving another step up on the NBA championship contenders ladder, according to several media reports. West, a 6-foot-10, 36-year-old forward, will sign with the Golden State Warriors for the 2016-17 season.
He played with the San Antonio Spurs this past season, averaging 7.1 points, four rebounds and 1.8 assists in an average of 18 minutes played.
West, a 13-year NBA veteran, will a Warriors roster than won 73 games during the regular season and lost to Cleveland in seven games in the NBA finals, but has since added superstar free agent Kevin Durant to its lineup and center Zaza Pachulia. NBA free agents can officially sign on July 10.
West famously opted out of an Indiana Pacers’ contract that would have paid him more than $12 million last summer to sign with San Antonio for the veteran minimum salary (around $1.5 million). His deal with Golden State will pay him $1.55 million this coming season, according to nba.com reporter David Aldridge.
Dupree makes third U.S. Paralympic team: Tucker Dupree, a 2007 Garner High School grad, has qualified for his third U.S. Paralympic team with a new American record in the 50-meter freestyle (24.08 seconds) in addition to winning his class in the 100 backstroke (1:02.05). The Paralympic Games are Sept. 7-18 in Brazil.
Dupree, 27, who began to lose his vision at age 17, won three medals at the 2012 Paralympics.
Henry finishes career: West Johnston High grad Sarah Henry finished off her stellar swimming career with another top-10 finish in the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb. on June 30. Henry placed eighth in the finals with a time of 2 minutes, 28.12 seconds. She posted her best time in the semifinals at 2:26.57.
The Texas A&M grad and current grad student at the same school had three top-10 finishes at the Trials.
She posted a photo on Facebook with her brother, Andrew, who also swam well at the Trials, after her final event with the words, “It is the end of a Legacy.”
Indeed, it was. She retires from swimming as the most decorated swimmer ever from Johnston County.
Sarah Henry won two N.C. High School Athletic Association state championships at West Johnston, then won an NCAA championship — the 400 individual medley — at Texas A&M.
Pro baseball updates: Clayton High grad Tyler Keele is off to a great start in professional baseball, having pitched in five games from June 19 to July 4 with the Missoula Opsrey, the Diamondbacks’ rookie level team in the Pioneer League. The 6-foot-3, right-handed pitcher didn’t give up an earned run in his first four appearances and had a 1.35 earned-run average through five appearances. He has nine strikeouts against only three walks.
Fellow Clayton grad Evan Phillips has made three appearances for the Double-A Mississippi Braves since his promotion from the Carolina Mudcats. He’s given up one earned run in three outings and three innings of work.
Smithfield-Selma High grad Jerry Sands is still working to find his swing at Triple-A Charlotte after being sent down from the Chicago White Sox roster on June 7. Sands hit two home runs in his fifth game with the Knights, but is hitting just .121 in 18 games.
Sands hit .236 with the White Sox with seven RBI in 24 games.
Clayton’s Chris Archer got a tough no decision for the Rays on July 3 (5.2 IP, 3 hits allowed) and continues to work to break his streak without a win that dates back to Jun3 6. Archer was 4-11 with a 4.50 ERA after his July 3 start against Detroit.