Indiana Pacers Make Smart Move Signing C.J. Watson

By Rob Lunder
Indiana Pacers, C.J. Watson
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The Indiana Pacers made a very smart move this week in shoring up their backcourt by signing point guard C.J. Watson to a two-year contract. The Pacers desperately needed backcourt help this past season, especially in the playoffs where their guard rotation was drastically shortened. Part of the problem was that Gerald Green proved that he was incapable of playing significant minutes for the franchise. He was signed to a nice contract last offseason but predictably didn’t show up. He has never been a good player, and the Pacers were foolish to sign him to a lucrative contract.

Watson has been one of the most underrated players in the league at his position for the last few seasons. He did a great job on the Brooklyn Nets this past season, backing up star point guard Deron Williams. He averaged seven points per game this past season in limited minutes and proved that he more deserving of a larger role.

The Pacers made a smart signing with this move. Current point guard D.J. Augustin is a decent player but really isn’t good at one certain skill. Watson is the more rounded player, and Pacers head coach Frank Vogel can trust him more in key moments. The Pacers have an excellent starting five, but they knew going into this offseason that they had to fortify their bench. This signing was the first step in that direction. They still need to acquire one more forward to solidify their frontcourt off the bench.

Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports. For all NBA news go to the league home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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