13-year NBA veteran guard Earl Watson is considering retirement, according to a report by David Pick of Sportando.com.
Earl Watson, I’m told, is mulling retirement. His camp couldn’t confirm though.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) May 31, 2014
Watson spent last season with the Portland Trail Blazers after signing a deal on July 10, 2013. He averaged 0.5 points, 0.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 24 appearances for the team.
He was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the No. 39 pick in the second round of the 2001 NBA draft out of UCLA. Watson has also suited up for the Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz.
With a head coaching vacancy in Utah, Watson has let it be known that he’d be willing to take the job, according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.
If he were to land the position, he’d at least have the support of swingman Gordon Hayward:
“I’m definitely pulling for Earl to get the job,” Jazz forward Gordon Hayward told CSNNW.com via phone Friday morning. “He’s a great guy and has a great basketball mind. If he did become our coach and I got to play under him, it would be great because I know how hard he’ll work and prepare us. He’s a true professional and I think no matter where he ends up, he’ll be a great head coach in the NBA.”
Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets has proven that players can make the transition from being an on-court talent to a sideline general and be successful.
Perhaps Watson will be the next to take that plunge.