C.J. Watson, who did a competent job backing up Deron Williams, apparently won't be back, Peter Vecsey reported Saturday night. Vecsey tweeted the Nets will now be in the market for a replacement.
C.J. Watson plans 2 opt out of contract (1.1M) 2 become UFA. Meaning Nets in market 4 point able 2 get shots 4 Deron when they team up...— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) June 9, 2013
Watson was slated to make $1.1 million next season, after making the vets minimum of $955,000 last season. The Nets are reportedly ready to use all or part of their mini-MLE on Bojan Bogdanovic. Under the CBA, they have no other option to keep Watson. Watson changed agents in mid-season, choosing Jeff Schwartz. It was the first indication that he might opt out.
Watson shot 41 percent from three during the season, and averaged 6.8 points per game in 19 minutes of action. He missed only two games, the second lowest on the team, behind only Andray Blatche.
If Watson leaves, the Nets would be left with Tyshawn Taylor as a back-up to Deron Williams.
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