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Thunder notebook: Earl Watson changes agencies

Oklahoman Modified: June 5, 2009 at 4:49 am •  Published: June 5, 2009
Earl Watson has changed sports agencies, leaving agent Dan Fegan and BEST Basketball to join Bill Duffy at BDA Sports Management.

Watson grew frustrated last season with his situation as a member of the 23-win Thunder and was believed to be disappointed in his agent’s handling of the matter. Watson never publicly said he desired to be traded but did say at the end of the season that he doesn’t expect to return.

"You never know, this business is incredible,” Watson said in April. "But going into the last year of my deal, business-wise you become an attractive contract. And for the last month I haven’t been playing. So why would I be here?”

Watson, who turns 30 on June 12, is owed $6.6 million next season.

The Thunder will bring in six players today for pre-draft workouts. Ohio State center B.J. Mullens and Pittsburgh forward DeJuan Blair, both projected to be selected in the top 20, will be joined by Connecticut forward Jeff Adrien, Baylor forward Kevin Rogers and guard Curtis Jerrells, and North Dakota State guard Ben Woodside.

Malik Rose will receive an honorary degree from his alma mater Drexel at the school’s commencement ceremony on June 13.