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Nets sign C.J. Watson away from Bulls to backup D-Will

Jul 23, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

C.J. Watson AP

C.J. Watson has gone from backing up one of the best point guards in the game to backing up one of the best point guards in the game.

With the Bulls the past couple seasons, Watson has inked a deal with the Nets to back up Deron Williams, according to Stephan Bondy of the New York Daily News. This was expected and is reportedly a two-year deal at the veteran minimum.

Watson played a backup role for the Bull behind Rose but started 25 games in his absence last season, averaging 11.3 points and 4.6 assists per game. He’s not the most efficient player out there — he shot just 36.8 percent overall but did hit 39 percent from three, and his turnover rate was a little high — but as a backup he is a good fit. He’s aggressive and the fans of Brooklyn will like him.

Meanwhile, the Bulls “Bench Mob” gets a little weaker.

  1. wadecounty93 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    the bulls seem to be loosing a couple key bench players, which was a strong spot for them last year.

  2. 91devinhester23 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    he was decent for a backup but with how horrifically he did in the playoffs against philly this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone

    • pudgalvin - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      I’m still at a loss for words for how bad he was in the playoffs, including the biggest boneheaded play in recent Bulls history when he had a chance to run out the clock or clinch the win with free throws in game 6. Turns out you shouldn’t pass to a 50% free throw shooter up by 1 with 6 seconds left.

  3. Kevin S. - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    When this was initially reported, the second year was a player option I believe. Not sure if that’s changed or not.

  4. boilerup1869 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    I don’t know if I’d frame this as the Nets “signing away” CJ from the Bulls. That suggests a degree of desire to resign him on Chicago’s behalf.

    The Bulls let him walk because he was going to be too expensive for mediocrity during the regular season and plain disappearance during the postseason in consecutive seasons (hmm sounds an awful lot like a certain PF on the Bulls too).

    A more accurate title for this article would be “Nets sign free agent former Bulls PG CJ Watson.”

    C’mon, Kurt.

  5. asublimeday - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    I’ve never been so happy to see a back-up player go.

    Definition of “me-ball”

  6. asublimeday - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    I’ve never been so happy to see a back-up player go.

    Definition of “me-ball”

    • thebigkahuna23 - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      4.6 assist per game off the bench is not “me ball”, you donkey.

  7. asublimeday - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Oh no, what will we do without his maddening me-ball style of play?!

  8. fanz928 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Still a good player during the playoffs he was hurt and Lucas was cutting into his minutes

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