The Chicago Bulls still have a few roster spots to fill, and on Thursday they made a major move in regards to addressing their need for depth at the guard position. It was announced today that the team acquired the signed-and-traded contract of guard C.J. Watson from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for a future second-round draft choice. Golden State will be receiving the lesser of Phoenix’s and Utah’s regular 2011 second-round draft choices, both of which are held by the Bulls.
Watson (6-2, 175) comes to the Bulls having played the last three seasons with the Warriors. Last year, the 26-year-old Watson appeared in 65 games (15 starts) and averaged 10.3 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.6 rpg, 1.58 spg, 27.5 mpg, .468 from the field, .310 from behind the arc and .771 from the line. In his three years with Golden State, he appeared in 174 games (33 starts) and he owns career averages of 8.7 ppg, 2.4 apg, 2.3 rpg, 1.23 spg, 23.2 mpg, .459 shooting from the field, .351 shooting from downtown and .822 shooting from the line.
Following his collegiate career at the University of Tennessee, he went undrafted in the 2006 NBA Draft. From there, Watson split the 2006-07 season playing in Italy and Greece. He then played with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League in 2007-08 before his free agent call-up with the Warriors.