5 Reasons Why Brooklyn Nets Don’t Want C.J. Watson To Pick Up Option
While the first priority the Brooklyn Nets must take care of this summer is hiring a new head coach after firing interim P.J. Carlesimo, there are a few other areas that are of great concern as well.
One of those areas is their bench and who it will be comprised of in 2013-2014. As of this moment, three bench players, forward/center Andray Blatche and shooting guards/forwards Jerry Stackhouse and Keith Bogans, are all set to become unrestricted free agents.
Forward Kris Humphries, who was relegated to the second unit due to his lack of production as a starter, is the only reserve that received consistent playing time that is still under contract.
Then there is the other bench contributor from this season, backup point guard C.J. Watson, who controls his own destiny with the organization as he has a player option for just over $1 million. Watson did not have a horrible first season with the Nets by any means. He certainly had moments where he dazzled. But there were also times when more was expected out of him after the success he had last year with the Chicago Bulls, a season in which he averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 assists per game. However, Watson did average a decent 8.6 points per contest in the seven-game series that the Nets lost against his former team.
In the end, it just seems that the Nets would be better off if Watson decides not to pick up that option on his contract. There are a few reasons why this would be the case. Here are five of them.
Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.
Save Some Money
Brooklyn is well over the salary cap. Although Watson isn't due much if he picks up his option, the Nets wouldn't mind the opportunity to save that money if possible.
Not Many Points
The Nets expected a scoring output that was similar to the one Watson had in Chicago last season.
Lack of Consistency
Watson wasn't consistent enough as a backup point guard.
Truth be told, Watson is not a conventional backup point guard. He's more of a combo guard, which the Nets don't necessarily need.
More Tyshawn Taylor
Watson walking away would likely mean that second-year Tyshawn Taylor would fill in his role. He shows great promise as a more prototypical point guard.