May 4, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard C.J. Watson (1) dribbles against Chicago Bulls point guard Marquis Teague (25) during the first half in game seven of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Barclays Center. The Bulls won 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2013: C.J. Watson Nearing Deal With Indiana Pacers

While players can’t officially sign contracts until July 10th, it looks like we might have our first free agent off the market – at least – a free agent who hasn’t re-signed with his former team.

According to Alex Kennedy, C.J. Watson is close to signing a contract with the Indiana Pacers.

Per Kennedy:

C.J. Watson is closing in on an agreement with the Indiana Pacers, according to league source.

Watson hit the open market after spending last year as a member of the Brooklyn Nets where he averaged 7 points in 19 minutes a game.

Coming off a minimum salary with the Nets, it’s not expected that Watson will have much of an increase in his contract but he could see a few more minutes of floor time as the Pacers are hoping to replace both D.J. Augustin and Ben Hansbrough who departed via free agency.

Watson, 29, is a six year NBA veteran with stops in both Golden State and Chicago before spending this past season in Brooklyn.

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