Warriors re-sign C.J. Watson

The Golden State Warriors have re-signed restricted free agent guard C.J. Watson to a contract, the team announced today.  Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced. Multiple reports had suggested it would be a one-year deal. More on that tomorow.

Watson, 25, appeared in 77 games (18 starts) last season, averaging 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.25 steals in 24.5 minutes per contest, while shooting 45.7% from the floor, 40.0% from three-point range and 87.0% from the free throw line.  During his 18 starting assignments, his averages jumped to 14.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.44 steals in 36.2 minutes per game.  Among NBA leaders in 2008-09, he ranked 16th in free-throw percentage and 22nd in steals.  The University of Tennessee product recorded a career-high 38 points (10-16 FG, 2-4 3FG, 16-16 FT) on April 11 in Golden State’s 118-108 victory at Utah.

“We are happy that C.J. will be returning to our team next season,” said Warriors’ General Manager Larry Riley.  “He has taken full advantage of his opportunities since being called-up from the D-League two seasons ago and has worked hard to make himself into a quality NBA player.  We look forward to him having another successful season and having a positive impact on our team.”

A two-year NBA veteran who was originally called-up from the NBA Development League by the Warriors on January 8, 2008, Watson has appeared in 109 games with Golden State over the last two seasons, averaging 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.02 steals per contest.