Portland Trail Blazers sign Earl Watson
The Portland Trail Blazers signed former Utah Jazz point guard Earl Watson for a one-year deal at the $1.4 million minimum, per CBSSports.com sources. Watson’s agent Mark Bartelstein made the announcement Saturday.
Watson has known Blazers GM Neil Olshey since he was 17 years old, which influenced his decision, he said.
Watson missed the start of last season due to major knee surgery, then played through much of the season with a non-displaced fracture in his right leg.
Since becoming a free agent, there were reports in early June that Watson was being checked out by the New York Knicks, who were looking for a backup point guard.
Shortly after the announcement he would sign with Portland, Watson tweeted out a thank you to former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and the fans, among others.
Thank you to coach Sloan, KOC, Dennis Lindsey, Corbin & the Miller family! As well as the amazing fans! Thank you, thank you, thank you!—
Earl J Watson (@Earl_Watson) July 07, 2013
Watson's deal with the Trail Blazers is for one year at the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million, league source says.—
Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 07, 2013
Earl Watson said he chose Portland because of his relationship with GM Olshey, who he has known since he was 17—
Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 07, 2013