Yes, he's nuts. But he's a really -- I mean really -- good player, who can play two positions.
Also, while the word "immense" sounds like a hyperbole in this sentence by Doc Brown: "...it's an immediate and immense upgrade at the 1", I actually think it's an understatement... because we're actually comparing West to Duhon and Blake. West is a 9/3/3 player, who plays tough defense and who has developed a really good jump shot. His FT% has improved so much, that he is now considered a very good shooter. He would look really good backing up Nash, not to mention you can play him at the 2 if necessary, and he can do things that Meeks generally can't. He can also give you a steal every game and maybe even 1 block per game, which is very unusual for a (backup) PG. If there's any way to sign this guy, we do it ASAP.
With him, we got versatile scorers and defenders off the bench, and it would be fairly easy to come up with alternative lineups that would be able to outscore their opponents (for change) while applying some defensive pressure. Mixing up West, Meeks, Ebanks, Hill and Jamison with 2 starters -- Kobe, Pau and Dwight -- should be deadly, because West and Ebanks can penetrate or shoot, Jamison and Meeks can hit the long ball, and Hill has improved his offense tremendously and can rebound really well too. Stretch the floor for Dwight and watch good things happen.
"It's not realistic to get younger and better when you only have the veteran's minimum to offer free agents."