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C.J. Watson to opt out, become unrestricted free agent

Jun 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Who needs a solid backup point guard?

C.J. Watson, who played for the Nets last season and is a six-year NBA veteran, is going to opt out and become a free agent this summer, reports Peter Vecsey. This is not a real surprise, he was set to make $1.1 million next season and likely can do better on the open market.

Watson averaged 19 minutes a game off the bench for the Nets last season, averaging 6.8 points on 41.9 percent shooting (41 percent from three) and 2 assists per game. He’s a solid backup point in the NBA.

This also leaves the Nets looking for a new backup point guard, one who comes on a minimum salary but ideally could play with Deron Williams, too, when they want to go small.

Of course, the Nets need to get a coach first then we can talk backup point guards.

  1. knodtl1 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    The Wizards should sign him.

  2. 13arod - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    he could be a starter

  3. sportsnut101 - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Pelicans need a backup
    Warriors need a backup
    Knicks need a backup

    • bbk1000 - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      The Pelicans need a new team name….

  4. starvingardens - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Come on C.J. If the Warriors can’t sign Jack, please come home to where it all started for you.

  5. mcjon22 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Philly should give him a big contract. They owe him that much for choking away the series for Chicago last season.

    ( No, I won’t let it go)

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