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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  22 responses

CJ Watson to Sign Two-Year Deal With the Indiana Pacers


The Indiana Pacers will soon ink free agent guard CJ Watson to a two-year deal, a low-cost move that could pay dividends for the franchise next season. Per NBA.com: “Indiana reportedly reached an agreement with free-agent guard C.J. Watson to take over the backup point – and initials – role from D.J. Augustin. And former Seattle and Portland head coach Nate McMillan has been hired to slide into Brian Shaw‘s spot as the Pacers’ top assistant coach. Swapping Watson in for Augustin should be a low-cost upgrade, played out at equally low decibels. Watson, who spent 2012-13 in Brooklyn after two seasons in Chicago, plays with more emotion or expression than Augustin, but that’s fine for Indiana coach Frank Vogel if he sees more proficiency. When the Pacers turned to Augustin in the wake of Darren Collison‘s trade departure last July, they welcomed having someone who wouldn’t be fighting the backup role that Collison disliked. Trouble was, Augustin wasn’t assertive enough – and he never seemed to find any rhythm off the bench. His shooting and floor direction dipped, contributing to the Pacers’ already shaky bench. Watson arrives as a slightly feistier player, capable of playing both spots in the backcourt for variations alongside George Hill, and with a longer resume as a 3-point shooter (41.1 percent for the Nets last season). He reportedly would be signed for two years with the bi-annual salary cap exception (about $2 million yearly), with deals only official after July 10 when the moratorium period ends.”

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  • Blarmac

    Maybe he’ll help toughen Hill up as well.

  • OfftheWall87

    Hill doesn’t need to be toughened up. He’s tough. Can’t become one of Popovich’s favorite players and be soft. He needs to do some ballhandling drills.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    He will mess around and start for them, which is bad because CJ isn’t a starter….George hill probably can’t hold him off , i bet….

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Can’t help but feel that CJ Watson does exactly what Hill does. I thought the Pacers would try to get a point guard who can actually get them into their offensive sets smoother.

  • Max

    Some offense off the bench would be nice.

  • spit hot fiyah

    Not what you were looking Four when u Said thé pacers needed a Point guard

  • OfftheWall87

    Not at all.

  • LakeShow

    You got a point.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that was the idea behind Augustin……but then their defense, their actual strength, took a huge huge huge hit.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    It really did. It was kind of a damned if you don’t damned if you don’t situation. Also, Chalmers & Cole shut him DOWN.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Chalmers and Cole did that too everyone. I tried pointing this out, that was the best defensive PG combo in the league because of the teams defensive system. not because they are actually the best tandem (Paul & Bledsoe).

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Hell they both pick up full court and it gets taxing for opponents because of the fact that one starts and the other comes off the bench. Kudos you did call it though.

  • Trillfamyoungin

    they didnt stop nate

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    right, that’s exactly what the Grizzlies should have done to Tony Parker. but, Lionel Hollins doesn’t make adjustments.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they didn’t? http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/robinna01/gamelog/2013/#29-32-sum:pgl_basic_playoffs

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    Looks to me like Nate Robinson was putting up,

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    12PPG – 4APG – 4RPG – 4TOV – on 28% shooting over his last 4 games…….despite playing 38 minutes

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    pretty much the epitome of shut down.

  • spit hot fiyah

    calderon? i think that would be a great fit, they probably can’t afford him though. but he is a good set up guy that can knock down open threes. underrated free agent imo.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    This much is true.

  • OfftheWall87

    I think the Mavs and Kings are interested in him. Haven’t heard about Indiana. But he’d be the perfect fit.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it was just hypothetical. i heard the kings also, so many guards on that team. thomas, jimmer, salmons, thornton, mclemore, macallum and possibly evans. and they all do one thing: shoot the ball. amazing

  • OfftheWall87

    It’s going to take a while for the Kings to fix all of their issues and getting rid of some of those guards is a start. But McLemore, Thomas and Cousins (if he can get his mind right) is a nice young core to have. Don’t see why they’re interested in Calderon.

  • RKJ92

    – TRADE UPDATE –
    Clippers Send Bledsoe To Suns To Acquire Redick,
    Dudley

    Jul 02, 2013 5:57 PM EDT

    The Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns have agreed upon a
    three-team trade.

    The Clippers will acquire J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, while sending Eric
    Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Suns. The Bucks will acquire two second round
    picks.

    Redick will receive a four-year, $27 million deal as part of the
    sign-and-trade.

    The Clippers have long considered Bledsoe as their best movable asset to
    improve the structure of their roster. Bledsoe’s minutes were always going to be
    limited playing behind Chris Paul and the Clippers would not be able to afford
    to keep him on a new deal in 14-15.

    A source tells ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that Doc Rivers was “amazing” during
    his dinner on Monday with Redick. The meeting convinced Redick that he wanted to
    join the Clippers.

    Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

    -
    ENJOY GUYS!

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