Bulls get C.J. Watson for 2nd rounder

C.J. Watson going to Chicago in a sign-and-trade for 2nd-round pick.

The Chicago Bulls and Golden State
Warriors have completed a sign-and-trade for C.J. Watson, according to
sources. Watson, who was a restricted free agent, will be dealt to
Chicago in exchange for a second round pick. He has agreed to a three
year, $10.2 million deal with the Bulls.

Great, great deal for the Bulls. 

Watson's one of the better back up PGs in the game.   He's a scorer who can shoot the ball and gives us another player who can create off the dribble and put pressure on the defense with his ability to drive.

He's young, fits in well with the Bulls core, and fills needs with his shot creation and shooting ability.

The Bulls have really done an excellent job at filling in the spare parts this summer, the big three had their plan, but as far as fallbacks go, you can't fault the Bulls on any moves so far with the possible exception of not making a stronger push for Anthony Morrow.


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  • You might want to check Hoopsworld. It has all the details.


  • Good signing! We are doing good this offseason! Try to get Barnes and a backup 4/5 like Kurt Thomas for vet leadership.
    People are saying Kwame Brown but the guy is a bone head and we have to guard against toxic people around our young core! Noah will not tolerate laziness. We did good with getting Boozer he gives us the post presence we need, leadership, and respect because he is a All-Star/Olympian. 3 of our 5 starters are All-Stars, or near All-Stars, and Deng could be one if he can just get a shot, he has the athletism and size to be one.

  • In reply to smiley:


    Matt Barnes is signing with Toronto.


  • In reply to smiley:

    Awesome signing. This guy can really score. Anybody know who we would go after next. How much money do we have left to spend?

  • In reply to Vedo:


    I believe Watson is getting $3.2m a year, so the Bulls have close to $5m left to spend, I think.

    Personally, I think they need to trade Dickey Johnson for a SG.

    Then they can keep Lucas, Samuels and either Almond or Byars, plus add a BIG.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    That would be a 14-man roster.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I have a great idea, how about Sam Young, oh wait, he is a small forward, maybe Nick Young is available, can't get enough of those young brothers.

  • In reply to Vedo:

    Trade JJ and cash to Memphis for Xavier Henry, a great shooting swingman who can probably play shooting guard, and is having contract issues with the Grizz.

  • In reply to smiley:

    CJ WATSON & JOAKIM NOAH...just HUG IT OUT, okay.


  • In reply to smiley:

    i just saw that Mr. Happy. Too bad we aren't mentioned as one of the teams trying to get him. He got a 2 yr $9M deal in Toronto. We could have given him 2 yr $10M!!! We'd have the SG/SF defensive stopper, toughness and hustle that Barnes brings with him.

  • In reply to smiley:

    2 yrs at 10 mil is a bit much for Matt Barnes. We need to fill out the roster and spending all that money on Barnes wouldn't have been a great idea.

  • In reply to Vedo:

    Agreed. The D should improve overall under Thibs. Plus we have our lockdown defender(hopefully) in Brewer.

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    I dont think Barnes is in our plans.

  • In reply to Vedo:

    Wow this definitely make us more versatile. I can these matchups happening and being successful:

    Rose(creator) Watson(creator/shooter)
    Watson(shooter) Brewer(slasher/Def presence)
    Brewer(slasher) Korver(shooter)
    Boozer(bruiser) Taj(post scorer)
    Noah(rebounder) Noah(rebounder/Def presence

    We now have a really good mix of defense and offense on this team. Only need one more C to back up Noah and we will have a very complete team!

  • In reply to Vedo:

    The Bulls are going west...I mean picking players from the west. They got 3 from Utah...and now 1 from GS....Maybe they will trade next for Monta Ellis and Biedrins to get the big three from GS:-)

    They need to try Rudy Fernandez everybody seems to be wanting....I am not sure if he is good enough to be even a 2nd SG... Portland signed Wesley Matthews ...they must not think highly of him or something is wrong in his attitude. Maybe he can be had for cheap..

    The other thing is the Bulls have built almost like an expansion team without seeing how these players will mesh. Most of them are not great but decent role players. I am being a little pessimistic until we seem them mesh with a new coach because if they struggle...who does the blame go to? New Coach or new team?...Hopefully we don't reach that situation..

  • In reply to Vedo:

    I'm excited about this team. They are adding the pieces we've been saying they need for the last few seasons. They got the big 2 guard who can defend in Brewer. They got the low post scorer in Boozer. They got the spot up shooter in Korver. Now they got a guy who can score in bunches off the bench in Watson. I need to see the Turk play to get comfortable with the front court depth. Other than that this should be a hungry team that should be a home court playoff team (top 4 seed).

  • In reply to smiley:


    I can't wait to hear his reaction to the CJ Watson signing.


    It should be COLORFUL to say the least.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Thanks for posting that twice within 8 minutes.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    How many years ago was that? Gimme a break guy.

  • It's good we got a backup PG who we really needed for only a 2nd roud pick! We should be able to get a backup 4/5, or big body 5 like a Aaron Grey for another 2nd rounder. I think we should give Flip a min offer to stay. He seems like a vet combo guard that could play limited PG minutes, but mostly SG/SF.


    PG - Rose/Watson/Lucas?
    SG - Brewer/?/?
    SF - Deng/Korver/Dickey (who needs to be traded for a SG)
    PF - Boozer/Gibson/Samuels?
    C - Noah/?/Asik

    The roster still needs some work, especially at the SG and Center positions.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    don't forget johnson at sf

  • In reply to Daniel7123:


    In case you are late to the party...

    James Johnson = Dickey Johnson

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    It's a one man party.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    My thoughts exactly.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    mr happy = one man wolf pack

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Quality move! The Bulls got the guys I wanted, Brewer, Korver and now Watson. If only Rudy can be added...

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Agree w/ the Lucas/Samuels additions. Hope they go get Roger Mason and Kurt Thomas, then we'd be set with one of the most balanced rosters in the league.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    schaumburgfan....Tmac actually didnt have a bad year last year but he is often injured. Supposedly he has been working out pretty hard this summer. You can check some of his highlights on youtube when he was with the Knicks. If hes willing to be a 6th man for us...i wouldnt mind him. But if he wants to start...sorry buddy, we dont need you.

    But ya i agree...Shaq for 1 or 2 years isnt bad. He says he just wants to play 2 more years. He would also have to accept a backup role behind Noah. If he agrees to it...he should be able to help out pretty well. An if we need too, we can sit him on back to back games like Phoenix did a couple years ago. If we are playing the Pacers, or Pistons or somebody weak, then Shaq doesnt need to play. Keep him healthy.

  • wow dis kid can light it up- next to DRose he will have some crazy games wid da bulls! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQBhmNcgxCY&feature=related

  • In reply to vinmotors:

    he couldve single-handedly saved us from the 35pt debacle vs the kings last year! :)

  • In reply to jumpmanjay:

    Yea, funny we had Morrow on our radar but totally overlooked him! He has a decent shot. I can see him playing some 2guard next to rose.

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    Supposedly Morrow is a terrible defender....i guess thats why we looked elsewhere.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Good thing Kyle Korver is known for his defense... I think the only wrong move the Bulls have made so far this off season was signing Korver so quickly after Boozer, rather than working on signing Morrow to an offer sheet like the Nets ended up doing. Morrow's younger AND cheaper and has a higher career 3 pt % than Korver. Korver does have playoff experience, and the Bulls would have a really young roster with Morrow, so I'm guessing that's what they must have been thinking. I started out hoping for Morrow, Brewer, and Watson, so two of three isn't bad. I hope the gamble on Boozer works out, but I'm apprehensive about the 5 year contract. Time to sign either Dampier or Ratliff to a 1 year contract and add Lucas, Almond, and Samuels from the Summer league team for minimum contracts.

  • In reply to vinmotors:

    terrific speed, fast hands, and double the steals per minute of an average NBA guard. I hope they keep Samarko...........Chicago fans will love his work. Does anyone have an opinion on

  • In reply to KingRichard:

    love Almond....i think he could be another great catch an shoot guy for us. He was very consistant in the summer league and when Lucas (supposedly a big time ball hog) didnt play the last game, Almond went for 22 points. Sign him up for the min!

  • In reply to vinmotors:

    Also, I think he needs a new number.

  • Mitchell,

    I don't think the Bulls' brass can rely on Korver and Watson to be SG's.

    They are both playing out of position then.

    Hopefully, the Bulls' brass have some more creative moves up their sleeve.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Heaven forbid that someone propose that a player play out of position, I know that you would never do this, assuming of course that you knew the differnce between shooting guard and small forward.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Yes, Yes and more Yes, this is a great move by the Bulls.

    At this point Watson was at the very top of the backup PG's in my mind, most of whom were restricted like Watson. Would have loved Wil Bynum also, but Detroit would have matched and not traded him for a 2nd. Wanted to take a shot at Livingston, but obviously an injury risk. Watson seems like a quality and safe move.

    Very dissappointed about Barnes, the Bulls never seemed interested, probably an attitude issue, the Bulls don't seem to want any personality disruptions, which might be a good thing.

    Still in my mind Barnes would have been a great use of the remaining cap space, I have virtually no interest in the remaining veteran big men.

    I would like to see the Bulls make a run at the Ceasar Salad guy that Deeks mentioned, Romain Sato, a somewhat short 2 guard, but with a 6'11' wingspan, and excellent outside shooter and good or great defender. With Barnes gone, I hope that Sato is our last pickup other than summer league guys.

  • Maybe we can get him to hit rondo wit one of those elbows...yes im am still bitter about that 7 game series wit Boston.....nobody's happier to be a bull right now then cj Watson there is a youtube video of derrick rose beating him like a drum repeatedly.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6naB2At8vC0

  • Boozer/Korver/Brewer/Watson is a good off-season haul, any other year everyone would be saying it was awesome, so not bad for a backup plan.

    With the roster we now have winning 55 games is the benchmark we should be aiming for this season.

  • Mitchell,

    Watson is only 6'2". He better focus on being Rose's back-up.

  • Shakes,

    The Bulls need to keep loading up on YOUNG TALENT.

    I'm waiting on that trade for MELO.

  • Nice signing!!! I also really liked the Ronnie Brewer press conference... CJ Watson is a great pick up..We still need a Center and a SG...FLIP MURRAY

  • Let's just hope/pray they somehow trade James Johnson for Rudy Fernandez.. Having him come off the bench behind Brewer and we're set.. The last 3 roster spots can be filled with D Leaguers.. We only need them to wave towels and distribute Gatorade anyway! haha

  • In reply to rustumt:


    I'd take Fernandez, S. Young or Ellington.

    Of course, Kelenna Azubuike and CJ Watson are good friends.

    They also have the same agent. Perhaps NY gives him up.

  • In reply to rustumt:


    A YOUNG SG and a veteran BIG would round out the roster.

  • In reply to MrHappy:


    You meant young by Nick Y...G?

    I'd do it.

  • In reply to fsalomon:


    He's an option. He is Taj Gibson's friend from USC too.

  • In reply to fsalomon:


    The Bulls hold a team option on the 3rd year of CJ Watson's contract.


  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Wow this is a heck of a deal. Im surprised the Warriors gave him up after losing Morrow. I think with the money left we might end up seeing these guys on the roster:

    -Kurt Thomas
    -Fabricio Oberto (Spurs Championship experience)
    -Sean May (Bulls worked him out last year)
    -Flip Murray
    -Anthony Tolliver
    -Francisco Elson
    -Tony Battie
    -Bobby Simmons (hometown guy)
    -Josh Boone
    -Summer League guys

    Other than that, i think this roster is set with a nice 9-10 man rotation. This team is gonna have a lot of depth. i hope that nba schedule will be released soon...

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Mutombo with to broken legs would be better than the bigs in Summer League...

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    We need those Joe Kleine/Will Perdue/Bill Wennington type of guys...

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    maybe we can get joe smith back

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    don't know about you guys but I'm getting a Hard-on just thinking about this season! 55, shoot even 60+ wins if we can stay healthy. Wink wink Noah and BOOzer...........

  • In reply to rustumt:

    Love this sign and trade deal. Great player at the right price. Bulls have done well. Just a few more small pieces to go.

  • We should've gotten Barbosa...

  • We don't need no more black holes. Ball should be kept is Rose's hands 99% of the time.

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    and 1 percent for boozer?

  • In reply to ZombieKevie:

    I think a lot has to do with guys being in the summer league fighting for jobs. Lucas supposedly was a big time ball hog. So i dont blame him for trying to get his shine on in the last game.

  • In reply to ZombieKevie:

    Trade James Johnson for some more cap space. The guy will never get minutes on this team...we have to much depth.

    I say the rest of the cash will go to either Shaq,Josh Howard or Tmac. If you sign Shaq, try to bring in Rasual Butler with him. If you get J Howard or Tmac...i can see us giving Samuels a shot from the summer league.

    Rose, Watson, Bouldin?
    Brewer, Butler, Morris Almond
    Deng, Korver, Butler
    Boozer,Taj, Asik
    Noah, Shaq, Asik

    I like that team. Good for the playoffs too. We need a guy that can guard the big centers in the league.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    No TMac...I think he is done and is like Penny Hardaway, Iverson....just a big name with nothing left in the tank...
    You are hoping he is like Grant Hill with something left in the tank but I doubt it.

    Shaq is not a bad option but no more than 1 year deal for him.

  • In reply to ZombieKevie:

    Wow the bulls have surprised me this off season, yeah they lost out on the big 3 but so did a lot of other teams, the bulls didnt sit there and ponder what went wrong they went out and got the next great players. The team they've assembled could be a lock for a finals appearance.

  • This is a great move. Any guy who shoots 47% for nearly double digit scoring in limited minutes, and shoots the three at least decently. Plus his steals per minute is excellent, and this leads you to believe his lat quicks/defense is at least decent if not a little better then that. And he's 26.

    And to get second rounders in sign and trades, and then have to have to only spend one to get this guy.. excellent job.

    I'm thinking ahead, but this Bulls squad is definitely looking like an above 50 win team to me. With Miller gone, I wonder if Boozer would play some center. Reason being is yes he's only 6'9ish, but if Joakim could get some minutes at the four then he seems to hit that right handed hook at a very high rate over anyone who's not 6'10 and above. There are a lot of smaller PF's out there nowadays, and he could really utilize that weapon. Plus Boozer could smoke many other centers with his quickness and range. If Carlos is willing to play a little center, and take one for the team defensively..?

    I know people always want to have fantasy playing guys out of position scenarios like Luol at SG. But I really do think Joakim can hit that righty hook at a very high rate against smaller guys. I hope Thib's at least considers this because he has raved about Joakim's right hook(to the jaw of LeBron - kidding).

    If Thib's has more then a technically gifted defensive mind, and sticks up to and for his players to the refs, I think guys like Joakim, Derrick, Taj, and even Boozer could grow. This could be a hell of a year ahead as in making it to the ECF, and giving somebody someone serious Heat by putting their feet to the fire.


    Almond, Byars and/or Bouldin will only be the 3rd SG for the Bulls, if one of them stick.

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