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Brooklyn Nets, C.J. Watson agree to terms
Posted By Alex Raskin On July 14, 2012 @ 11:16 pm In All,Main Page,NBA | No Comments
Former Chicago Bulls point guard C.J. Watson has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, the team has announced. Sources have confirmed it’s a veteran’s minimum contract as Watson cleared waivers on Friday.
In Watson, the Nets add one of the premiere backup point guards in the NBA. While frequently filling in for an injured Derrick Rose last season, Watson posted averages of 9.7 points and 4.1 assists per game and shot 39.3 percent from 3-point range.
Watson, 28, is also capable of playing alongside point guards, which means we could see him on the floor with Deron Williams at times.
With the addition of Watson, the Nets bench is starting to take shape. If the team re-signs Kris Humphries—and general manager Billy King has said negotiations are ongoing—then recently signed Mirza Teletovic would likely join Watson, MarShon Brooks and Reggie Evans on the bench. The team could also sign Jerry Stackhouse in the next few days, but King admitted that they still need backups at small forward and center.
The team is considering former Timberwolves center Darko Milicic, who cleared waivers and is now a free agent. He could also entertain offers from Europe, so it’s not a certainty that he’s playing in the NBA next season.
Brooklyn has also been grooming former Cornell center Jeff Foote. He’s on the Nets’ Summer League roster and was a member of their D-League team, the Springfield Armor. Foote has averaged 6.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 20.4 minutes per game. Most recently, Foote played 28 minutes against the Pacers Summer League team, grabbing 11 rebounds and scoring 11 points.
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