C.J. Watson headed to Bulls

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cjwatson.jpgChicago now has its backup for Derrick Rose.

The Bulls will acquire C.J. Watson in a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors. Watson will get three years, $10.2 million, and the Warriors will get a second round pick and a thinner bench. The Warriors had the right to match the offer but have chosen to work out a deal instead.

Watson was one of the seemingly endless parade of great D-League finds by the Warriors. Last season he gave the Warriors 10.3 points per game shooting at a solid 46.8 percent. He was a quality backup who could make a few plays and not turn the ball over a lot. Except against Sacramento, when he would drop 40 and look like an All-Star.

The price of a little over $3 million a year for someone who can give Rose some rest seems fair.

As for Golden State, who are they bringing off the bench now at guard? Charlie Bell and Reggie Williams? I love Reggie Williams, he tore it up at Summer League. Bell is going to be solid. But neither is a point guard, and the Warriors need to find another guy to play that role. But it all comes back to what kind of point guard will you need under the system put in by the new general manager and coach that are surely coming with the new ownership? Got to answer the big questions before getting to the backup point guard one.

Isaiah Thomas nutmegs Knicks center Marshall Plumlee (video)

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Isaiah Thomas usually saves his best play for the fourth quarter, but the Celtics guard showed out early with this pass between Marshall Plumlee‘s legs to get Kelly Olynyk a layup.

Thomas uncharacteristically just didn’t have enough late. Though he scored 39 points, he shot just 2-for-9 in the final period, as the Knicks pulled away for a 117-106 win.

Kevin Durant misses dunk so hard, ball flies past halfcourt (video)

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Kevin Durant played great in the Warriors’ win over the Thunder last night, but – perhaps fueled by excess emotion – he missed this incredibly emphatic dunk attempt.

Later, Russell Westbrook showed his former teammate how to do it (sparking their apparent conversation):

James Harden outduels Giannis Antetokounmpo as they produce fantastic highlight video

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James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo met in a battle of two of the NBA’s best point guards. (Still weird to say.) The final lines:

  • Harden: 38 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks
  • Antetokounmpo: 32 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks

The winner? Harden and the Rockets, who topped the Bucks, 111-92.

But the real winner? Anyone who gets to watch this highlight video. It just gets better as it goes.

PBT Extra: Who do you want to see most in first All-Star Game?

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Tonight the NBA All-Star Game starters will be announced. Then the coaches have a week to vote and the rest of the roster will be put together by them.

This year should see a few first-time All-Stars, guys bursting on the scene and grabbing fans attention — so we asked people on Twitter who they most wanted to see in his first All-Star Game and I break it down in this PBT Extra.

The winner? Giannis Antetokounmpo with 45 percent of the vote. Which shouldn’t be a surprise, he’s second in the fan voting for the frontcourt in the East (behind only LeBron James). Good news for those fans, the Greek Freak is almost guaranteed to be a starter, he’s getting plenty of media votes and likely a lot from the players as well.

Second place in the poll? Joel Embiid of the Sixers. I’d love to see him, but will players and media members vote in a guy on a minutes restriction? Will the coaches pick him for that same reason? He is on the bubble.