Brooklyn Nets back up point guard C.J. Watson did what everyone had anticipated he would do by opting out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Watson was set to make $1.1 million next season, but it seems all but certain that he will receive more money in free agency. There are a number of teams that could be looking for a veteran back up at the point, so there would certainly some potential suitors for the six-year vet.
Peter Vecsey passed along the news on Twitter.
C.J. Watson plans 2 opt out of contract (1.1M) 2 become UFA. Meaning Nets in market 4 point able 2 get shots 4 Deron when they team up…
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) June 9, 2013
Last season, he averaged 6.8 points and 2 rebounds per game.
Watson will not demand the most money on the open market, but you can expect for him to be making more than he made in Booklyn just a season ago. In a league where injuries can come at any time, it would be welcomed to have such a reliable back up.