Less than 24 hours into the NBA’s free agency period, C.J. Watson has a new home with the Indiana Pacers.
The two sides have agreed in principle to a two-year deal that should be formalized and become official on July 10. Behind starting point guard George Hill, Watson should find a good niche in the Pacers’ back court.
Depth at the point guard position is exactly what the Pacers need, but the signing of Watson doesn’t necessarily address anything more than that. In fact, Watson only averaged 6.8 points and 2.0 assists per game this past season with the Brooklyn Nets — he knows his role, but it’s not something that is going to take the Pacers to the next level.
After a hard-fought, seven game series with the Miami Heat ended their season in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pacers have a team that is capable of contending for a championship. With that being said however, Indiana needs more, especially considering the improvements that will be expected from both the Chicago Bulls and the Nets during the 2013-14 season.
Watson gives the Pacers depth, but it doesn’t solve much. Hill could use a change of pace complement to back him up and Watson is not that type of player. While it’s a fresh start and a good addition to the back court rotation, the Pacers aren’t getting much better than what they had with D.J. Augustin.
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