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Warriors to sign CJ Watson

We’ll have a story with more details up on the Web in a few minutes, but in the meantime . . .

Chris Mullin and Don Nelson are getting serious about giving Baron Davis some time off. Mullin told the Times at this morning’s shootaround that the team will be signing rookie point guard C.J. Watson today to a 10-day contract, with the hopes of lowering Davis’ average of 39.4 minutes per game.

“We’ll give him a look,” Mullin said of the 6-foot-2 product of Tennessee. “He could be a good backup for us. That’s why he’s coming here, to figure that out.”

Watson, who has been tearing up the NBA Development League this season with averages of 26.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, is scheduled to arrive tonight but isn’t expected to play against the Spurs. After a practice tomorrow, he should be available to suit up against the Trail Blazers in Portland on Wednesday.

“He’s playing very well in the D-League,” Nelson said, “and we need some help.”

Geoff Lepper

Geoff Lepper has covered the Warriors since 2005 for the Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times. Before that, he covered baseball and college sports for the Marin Independent Journal.

  • JustPuked

    The Warriors have mined the D-League for gold before.

    It would be nice if the Warriors could get a solid prospect to pan out that’s over 6’6″. Biedrins was drafted 4 years ago.

    With Mbenga off the roster, it looks like it’s finally time to see what O’Bryant and Wright can bring to the table.

  • bayarea bob

    is there a good reason, any reason why we haven’t cut Troy Hudson yet?

  • Petaluman

    I don’t think DJ was waived to clear a roster spot; it was just time. Mbenga had to be cut by Jan 10, or his contract would have been guaranteed.

    We’re probably waiting until Troy has his operation. You can only tell so much by looking at pictures.

  • NBA23

    Hudson, an expiring 1.3M$ can be handy in trades!
    DJ was set to get a 2 yr guaranteed contract of 1.5m$ on the 10th, so it’s the obvious choice. Perovic got good minutes in NBDL, so let him show what he can!

  • manhattanproj

    dont the w’s wish they had drafted taurean green or jameson curry over lasme? not that they’ll be impact players, at least they are decent pg prospects. we’ll see how watson works out. havent seen him play in college.

  • Volfan

    You guys will love C.J. He’s a great person and a very talented PG. I was surprised he didn’t make a roster this year. His shooting is top notch for a PG; he sees the floor very well; and he’s plenty athletic. I’ll be shocked if he isn’t a very solid contributer off the bench. Give him a year or two in the league, and he could start somewhere.

  • http://www.triercompany.com Beth

    I think this young guy will be terrific…

    Am not wanting Peyton to come aborad – that’s for sure.

  • Denlron

    If you liked Taurean Green and Jameson Curry you’ll love CJ he’s much more hard nosed player that can score and take care of the ball.

  • http://www.clush.com/ Shark Attack!

    DJ Strawberry and andre barrett had more assists than cj watson. Shouldn’t the Dubs be looking for an assist first pt guard instead of a score first pt guard?

  • Volfan

    Believe it or not, C.J. styles his play to what his team needs. He’s the #2 all-time assist leader at Tennessee. If that’s what his team needs, that’s what he’ll give. He was never a score first PG at TN and is completely unselfish.

  • petaluman

    I’m sure that the Warriors scouted all the most likely candidates (Barrett is on our affiliate) and picked the one they felt had the best chance of contributing immediately. CJ is supposed to be very effective on the pick and roll.

  • HeyBC

    I’m a longtime UT basketball fan and I can say with confidence you guys are gonna love CJ. He plays with amazing heart and toughness. He’ll do whatever it takes for his team to win. It’s only fitting that he’s playing for the Warriors because that is what he was known as while at UT – a real warrior with SEC battle scars to prove it.

  • JNoah

    That theeJ Wathon ith one tough pointh guard!

  • Kevin

    As far as I can tell from his numbers, he looks like a great pickup. Plus, he went to the same high school as me.

  • David Scobey

    this guy is gonna stick in the NBA. he’s gotten better and better and better. he will grab hold of this opportunity and never look back. Followed him at UT. watched him some summer league games. Kept up with his stats. It’s his time. Perfect situation for him. go get em

  • zgreat

    Marcus or Jeff – Speaking of the D-league can you guys give us any insight as to why POB was sent to the D-League instead of sending Kosta back?

  • Asian Sensation

    I have known and played with C.J. here in Vegas, he knows who I am just swing the NJB League, Doolittle Community Center,Palo Verde High School at him and he will remember me. He deserves to be where he’s at, always knew at some point he would make it to the big dance. YO C.J.!!!!! If your reading this congratulations!!!!! The only filipino baller you know. Ill be keeping track and make sure the quiet storm, turns into a hurricane. Take Care

  • Courtney

    Luv The Warriors…We Stay Representing For The Bay….CJ Is A Great Player He Has Been A Great Asset To the Team…I Met Him Hes A Nice Person To…Cant Wait Ti See His Future With The Warriors…I Luv U Baron & Monta

  • http://FORGOTTENGREATS.COM CURTIS B. WILSON

    HEY FAMILY ….
    CJ.
    THIS IS CURTIS WILSON JR. FROM NASHVILLE BY-WAY OF DALLAS.. THAT LIVES IN DALLAS IM JUST SAYING
    HELLO
    WE ALL FROM NASHVILLE , ARE PULLING FOR YOU
    FAMILY
    CURTIS

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  • Fred Smithwick

    I played at Tennessee with CJ. He is one of the hardest workers on the team. He is a solid point guard. He will be a great addition to the Warriors.

  • big shel

    cj watson is off the chain. i use to ball with him and his brother kashif back in high school here in las vegas. he gonna be a beast!!!!!