C.J. Watson

C.J. Watson to opt out, become unrestricted free agent


Who needs a solid backup point guard?

C.J. Watson, who played for the Nets last season and is a six-year NBA veteran, is going to opt out and become a free agent this summer, reports Peter Vecsey. This is not a real surprise, he was set to make $1.1 million next season and likely can do better on the open market.

Watson averaged 19 minutes a game off the bench for the Nets last season, averaging 6.8 points on 41.9 percent shooting (41 percent from three) and 2 assists per game. He’s a solid backup point in the NBA.

This also leaves the Nets looking for a new backup point guard, one who comes on a minimum salary but ideally could play with Deron Williams, too, when they want to go small.

Of course, the Nets need to get a coach first then we can talk backup point guards.

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Report: Wizards signing Ryan Hollins

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Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.

Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.

So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.

So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?

Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.

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