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Thunder Close To Parting With Earl Watson

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm •  Published: July 17, 2009

LAS VEGAS – The Thunder could be close to waiving point guard Earl Watson. An agreement could be reached as early as today.

Watson, the 30-year-old backup to Russell Westbrook, averaged 6.6 points and 5.8 assists in 68 games last season. The eight-year veteran grew frustrated his role last season as a member of the 23-win Thunder, going from opening-night starter to mid-season backup to bench warmer by season’s end.

Watson said at the end of last season that he doesn’t expect to return, and if a deal is finalized the agreement could benefit both sides. Watson would become a free agent and could sign with any team, potentially ending up on a playoff contender that can offer him more playing time as opposed to being caught in the Thunder’s commitment to youth. And Oklahoma City could save a good portion of Watson’s $6.6 million salary for this coming season while also freeing up a roster spot.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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