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.