Beef Between Magic and Warriors?

by October 05, 2009

According to Orlando GM Otis Smith (who used to work for the Warriors), there may be some bad blood between the two front offices: “Magic GM  Otis Smith said Golden State Warriors PG C.J. Watson was one of the few free agents he wanted that got away. Smith said that, in the end, negotiations with the Warriors ‘got personal,’ although he wouldn’t elaborate. Smith tried to acquire Watson, 25, in an apparently generous sign-and-trade attempt after the Warriors made it clear they would match offers for the restricted free agent. The offer was believed to involve various combinations of a first-round draft pick, cash and a player (believed to be Anthony Johnson). ‘You wouldn’t believe what we offered them,’ Smith said. ‘I think it got personal.”‘