Ideally, the Warriors can get their hands on a guard who can play both positions. Someone who can reliably run the point when Stephen Curry is out the game, but someone who can also eat some minutes behind Klay Thompson. It would be good if he can shoot and play some defense, and of course he’d have to come at a right price.
Andre Miller is gone. So is Jerryd Bayless. So is Kirk Hinrich. Raymond Felton may cost too much. O.J. Mayo will cost too much and really isn’t a point guard option. Ditto for Courtney Lee.
But there is one familiar name who may be the perfect fit: C.J. Watson.
The Bulls, who drafted Marcus Teague and signed Kirk Hinrich, declined to pick up Watson’s option, making him an unrestricted free agent looking for a home.
Watson averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 assists in 23.7 minutes last season with Chicago. He shot 39.3 percent from 3-point range. Though he shot just 36.8 percent from the field, he’s coming off his best season since leaving the Warriors (for whom he shot 46.2 percent in two full seasons.)
Having played with point guard Stephen Curry before, Watson should be comfortable from the outside.
He’d be coming back to the Warriors with playoff experience and two years under his belt as an effective back-up in the Bulls’ defense oriented system. He battled multiple injuries (wrist, ankle, elbow) but still started a career-high 25 games and earned favor with fans as part of the coveted bench mob.
Watson isn’t the sexy name Warriors fans are hoping for, but he could end up being an effective pick up.