It’s only day one of NBA free agency but the new contracts are starting to get signed. First up is C.J. Watson, formerly of the Brooklyn Nets, who opted out of his contract after acting as the backup to Deron Williams.
Watson has agreed in principle to a two-year deal with the Indiana Pacers according to David Aldridge via Twitter:
Source confirms @AlexKennedyNBA report that guard C.J. Watson has agreed in principle to two-year deal with Pacers. Excellent for both.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 1, 2013
It’s a steal of a signing for the Pacers, a team that struggled at the backup point guard position last season with D.J. Augustin. Watson scored almost seven points a game while providing rest for Williams in Brooklyn.
Watson will now ac as George Hill’s backup in Indiana and provided a critical, if not consistent, presence off the bench. At 29-years-old Watson can soak up plenty of minutes and act as a veteran leader on a team close to the cusp of greatness. Watson could help to push the Pacers over the edge.
The deal will go official on July 10.
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