Watson gives Bulls more bench depth

July, 20, 2010
7/20/10
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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LAS VEGAS -- The Bulls have made a habit this summer of adding solid complimentary pieces to play alongside Derrick Rose and company during the upcoming season. They have apparently added yet another solid piece to their revamped team on Monday night in point guard C.J. Watson.

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Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty ImagesC.J. Watson could backup Derrick Rose.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Bulls have completed a sign and trade with the Warriors that would send Watson to the Bulls for a second-round pick. The organization still has to tie up some loose ends before officially announcing the deal, but if it goes down, Watson would fill one of the last remaining holes on the roster as the backup point guard.

The 26-year-old averaged 10 points and three assists a game last season and should fit right in with the rest of the Bulls' young core. He should be able to provide a spark off the bench that includes key contributors such as Taj Gibson and the recently acquired Kyle Korver. Not only will Watson provide a stabilizing presence to the second unit, but he could also give the Bulls the second long distance option that they have been searching for.

Watson is a career 35-percent shooter from behind the arc and has the ability to get hot in stretches as evidenced by his 40-point explosion during a game last February against the Kings. With Watson in the fold, the only thing pressing need the Bulls must fill now is that of a backup center. Veteran big man Kurt Thomas is a possibility or the Bulls could decide to go with rookie Omer Asik and hope that he performs well as Joakim Noah's understudy.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5