It sounds like C.J. Watson’s contract with the Indiana Pacers will be a two-year deal. It’ll likely be worth more than the minimum.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 1, 2013
It looks like the Indiana Pacers aren’t wasting any time in the free agency market as they are on the verge of signing C.J. Watson, which means D.J. Augustin won’t be around anymore. I am sure that’s music to the fans’ ears around here, but I still don’t know enough about Watson’s game to see if he’s a good fit here. I do trust the Indiana Pacers in their judgment, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. From the looks of his stats last season, 6 points and 2 assists a game seems serviceable enough for a back up point guard.
What the Pacers need most out of that position is consistency. If Watson can come in and play solid each time out, that’s even better than what the stats would produce. With D.J. Augustin last season, he was very up and down, unfortunately, mostly down. I never knew if the team wasn’t the right fit, or else he wasn’t that good to begin with. He was with the Charlotte Bobcats for so many years, maybe his stats looked better because of that.
Watson is coming off the Brooklyn Nets team where he backed up Deron Williams, and will be known for that missed dunk against the Chicago Bulls that would helped spark a comeback. So Watson has to make sure he plays smart out there for the Pacers to show he’s worth this upcoming two year deal. The Pacers are also staying busy with other free agents as Chris Copeland’s name has been popping up in free agent news for the team. Keep an out on that.