Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Watson turned down Sixers

The Conta Costa Times reports that Golden State Warriors third-year point guard C.J. Watson is close to signing an offer sheet with the Orlando Magic.

Watson already has turned down a one-year, $2.3 million offer from the Sixers and was hoping for a three-year deal.

Watson is a restricted free agent and the Warriors have the right to match any offer but the team is already over the salary cap limit.

The Sixers pursuit of Watson is just the latest indication that the team has turned the page on Andre Miller, who will likely sign a one-year deal with the Knicks for the mid-level exemption although New York president Donnie Walsh may prefer Bucks restricted free agent Ramon Sessions.

The whole Miller situations shows a lack of foresight by Ed Stefanski and Company. If you want to move on and go young, that's fine but you then have to deal Miller at the trade deadline last season.

The Sixers have also been contacting other point guards that may accept a 1-year deal to fill the role as a combination backup and mentor to Lou Williams and first-round draft choice Jrue Holiday. The list includes flotsam like Jason Hart, Carlos Arroyo, Bobby Jackson, Juan Dixon, Tyronn Lue and Brevin Knight. Meanwhile, the Sixers' John Nash was at a workout for free agent guard Troy Hudson recently. Hudson, 33, couldn't play three years ago and is coming off hip surgery.

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