Bulls add Watson in sign-and-trade
LAS VEGAS -- C.J. Watson is happy to be a Chicago Bull.
The 26-year-old point guard, who was acquired by the Bulls in a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors early Tuesday morning, is ready to show the city of Chicago what he can do.
"I'm very excited," he said. "I'm still high off the excitement. I found out right before I got on the plane [Monday], so I had the whole plane ride to think about it and know that I'm going to Chicago, so it's a fun and exciting time for me right now."
Watson, who averaged 10.3 points and shot 47 percent from the field last season, is confident he will be able to slide in right away as Derrick Rose's backup and provide his new team with a spark.
"I have a pretty much all-around game," Watson said. "I can shoot, pass, play defense, score. I just try to go out there and do the best for my team and bring the energy off the bench. Just try to be there every night and win games."
Watson has received positive reviews on new Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
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"I know that he's a defensive-minded coach," Watson said. "I heard he was one of the top assistants last year. It's going to be fun to play for him. I'm not sure what style or anything that they play, but I'm just excited to get out there and play and to play with a great team and a future playoff team."
The Bulls are still hammering out details regarding Watson's contract, which is expected to be a two-year deal worth about $6.5 million, and a non-guaranteed third year.
"It's been kind of a whirlwind," Watson said. "Especially [Monday] since everybody found out. I got a lot of phone calls and a lot of things from friends and family. It's been a great time and everyone's excited for me, and I'm excited to get out there."
Thibodeau had high praise for his newest pupil.
"[Waston is] a terrific young player," Thibodeau said. "[He has] the ability to back up the point and also play some 2. He's very versatile in the sense that he can get the ball up the floor very quickly, make decisions, shoot the three and he's a solid defender, he can defend two positions."
Seemingly the only thing that Watson isn't excited about is the cold weather that awaits him this winter in the Windy City. He was born in Las Vegas and still resides there, but he knows the city of Chicago has plenty to offer.
"Everyone's told me great things about Chicago, the city," he said. "Especially since it's the place where [Michael] Jordan played and going in there with so much tradition and history it's going to be fun to go out there and play every night and play in front of those fans."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.