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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-12-14

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-12-14

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-12-14The Warriors are a young team that talks a lot about its future. It's interesting then that one of its key players probably has no future in the organization.

C.J. Watson didn't want to be a Warrior this season. Coming off a year in which he posted NBA-worthy numbers -- 9.5 points and 2.7 assists per game, 45.7 percent shooting overall and 40.0 percent on 3's -- the Developmental League graduate seemed to pick a perfect time to become a free agent last summer.

But a funny thing happened when he went looking for a long-term contract. Other than the Warriors, the only teams offering him the type of deal he wanted asked that Golden State get involved in a sign-and-trade. When the Warriors' asking price was high, no deal ever got done.

So Watson reluctantly returned to Golden State. And even though the Warriors were offering a three-year contact (worth around $5 million), he chose to sign for $1 million for one season, allowing him to go through the free agent process again next summer.

Watson has insisted wanting out was nothing personal. It was just that the Warriors already were overstocked in guards, and he couldn't envision himself cracking a Stephen Curry-Monta Ellis backcourt anytime in the next decade or so.

In fact, Watson has played behind the Warriors' backcourt of the present and future all season. But with Stephen Jackson having been traded and Kelenna Azubuike out for the year, he has gotten the type of opportunity he enjoyed last season, often playing 30-plus minutes a game.

Thus, Watson once again is setting himself up to be a coveted free agent next summer. Playing more and more as the season has progressed, he's averaged 14 points in his last seven games, shooting 54.2 percent overall and 41.7 percent on 3's.

No doubt, the Warriors would love to have him back long term. But with Curry, Ellis, Azubuike, Anthony Morrow and possibly Raja Bell returning, once again it appears Watson won't get much of an opportunity.

So the audition continues. And as long as he's helping the team's cause this season, the Warriors don't have any problem hosting it.

PISTONS 104, WARRIORS 95: You're not going to win many games getting 11 points and seven rebounds from your starting front line, and that's exactly what handcuffed the Warriors in their loss Saturday at Detroit. In fact, starting small forward Anthony Morrow was so bad -- his three missed shots, turnovers and fouls outnumbered his two rebounds, one assist and zero field goals -- he got just 18 minutes of playing time after averaging 45 in his previous two. When Chris Hunter and Anthony Randolph supported their frontcourt mates with no points in a combined 23 minutes off the bench, the Warriors were doomed.

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