Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Watson Heading to Orlando

It's not quite official yet, but the C.J. Watson will likely be wearing a new uniform to start the 2009-10 campaign. According to the San Jose Mercury's Adam Lauridsen, Watson, a restricted free agent, has signed an offer sheet with the Orlando Magic, reported to be a three-year pact with financial terms undisclosed.

Watson really is a hard working player, and worked his way from the NBA D-League into the Warriors rotation, and really had some nice games for them when they were missing Monta Ellis towards the latter half of the year. In fact, as a starter over the last 4 games of the season, Watson averaged 23.5 ppg, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and nearly 2 steals per night. He showed that he could be a reliable back-up point guard throughout the season, and proved that he could even handle starting here and there with that play late in the year. However, with the addition of Speedy Claxton, Acie Law and Stephen Curry to the Warriors back-court over the last couple of months, the resources and roster space for another guard just aren't there.

Other than that, the Warriors have been extremely quiet in regards to player movement ever since the draft and I'm not really expecting much more to happen before camp opens up in October. They don't really have the cap room to ink any difference maker, so if they do end up making any other roster additions, it would likely be via trade. The Amare Stoudemire rumors have really quieted down, as that proposed deal appears all but dead, but I'm still holding out some hope that the Warriors may be able to deal one of their wings along with a future draft choice or something for another big presence in the front-court. I'm not really sure who is available and who could realistically be had, but a couple of guys that would fit nicely in my mind would be Carlos Boozer or Chris Bosh. If there were a way to attain one of those two without giving up Biedrins, Curry or Randolph, I think I'd pull that trigger.

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