According to Billy King, who was on WFAN this morning, and as reported by ESPN's Mike Mazzeo yesterday, Brooklyn Nets backup point guard C.J. Watson is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Peter Vecsey reported last week that Watson was expected to opt out, as well.
Watson will leave $1.1 million on the table in the final year of his 2-year contract, but Mazzeo notes that there is a chance Watson does return to the Nets, but since they can only offer him the veteran's minimum... And seeing as Watson has only been in the league for six years, the minimum is just at $1.1 million. So, the length of the contract would likely be the "only thing" that would persuade him to come back to Brooklyn.
Next up for the Nets, second-year point guard Tyshawn Taylor -- of course, barring the Nets going out and signing another point guard this summer.
- Source: Watson to opt out - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- King: expect C.J. Watson to opt out - Devin Karpertian - The Brooklyn Game
C.J. Watson to Opt Out, Here’s How Much #Nets Can Pay Him - Moke Hamilton - SNY Nets