Pacers sign free agents David West, C.J. Watson
The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday they have signed free agents David West and C.J. Watson.
Re-signing West was a key goal for Pacers management. The three-year deal is reportedly worth $36 million. Much like the player, the negotiations were up front, to the point and drama-free.
Pacers President Larry Bird spoke to reporters at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, along with West and Watson.
About C.J. Watson
Watson, a 6-2, 180 lb. guard, is a six-year veteran of the NBA, having played for Golden State, Chicago and Brooklyn with career averages of 7.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He spent the 2012-13 season with Brooklyn and averaged 6.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 80 games.
Undrafted out of the University of Tennessee, Watson played briefly in Europe before returning to the United States and playing in the NBA Developmental League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he averaged 26.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.38 steals over 16 games in the 2007-08 season. He signed with the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 8, 2008.
Also in Pacers news, Tyler Hansbrough has agreed to a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors.
The Pacers drafted Hansbrough in the first round in 2009 out of North Carolina. He became an unrestricted free agent after the team consented to relent on his restricted status as a free agent. Hansbrough averaged seven points and four rebounds in 81 games last season coming off the bench.
Undrafted IU player Christian Watford was among those free agents at Pacers camp last week hoping to stand out in the crowd.