He was the general of the Bench Mob last season and filled in for Derrick Rose this past season but it’s looking more and more like the Chicago Bulls will not be picking up veteran point guard C.J. Watson’s $3.7 million contract and will part ways with him after two years of service.
The decision hasn’t been made yet but it’s one of three tough contract decisions Gar Forman and John Paxson will have to make this offseason. One of the story lines heading into the tumultuous offseason is what the Bulls will do with not only Watson’s contract but the contracts of Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver.
The general consensus is that Brewer is the most likely to get cut but after conversations at this weekend’s Pre-Draft combine in Chicago, that pendulum is now swinging Watson’s way. Rusty Simmons, a beat writer for the Golden State Warriors is reporting that he overheard Bulls brass indicating Watson is on his way out.
Two things overheard in the NBA pre-draft combine lobby that might interest Warriors fans: 1. Chicago is not expected to pick up the $3.7 million option on point guard C.J. Watson; 2. Swingman Josh Howard would love to play for the Warriors.
If this turns out to hold water, then the Bulls will no doubt sign a point guard in free agency as Watson is the only healthy point guard on the roster as of today. There have been numerous reports that the Bulls will be going hard after Steve Nash and Jason Kidd, and should Watson get the axe, his $3.7 million coupled with Brewer’s contract if it’s not picked up could lure in one of the two and indicates the Bulls are serious about grabbing a veteran point guard.
The Bulls have until July 10th to make a decision on all three of the contracts that have options.