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Reports: Blazers Agree To Sign UFA G Earl Watson

The Portland Trail Blazers have reportedly agreed to sign unrestricted free agent point guard Earl Watson.


Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports on Twitter that the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to sign unrestricted free agent point guard Earl Watson.

Portland has reached agreement with free agent Earl Watson, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, says.

Watson's deal with the Blazers is one year, for the vet minimum, source says.

Chris Haynes of also reports the signing on Twitter.

Earl Watson has agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million deal.

Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports on Twitter...

Earl Watson said he chose Portland because of his relationship with GM Olshey, who he has known since he was 17

"I want to mentor one of the best point guards in the league in Lillard ... and CJ too. Make them better on and off the court,'' Earl Watson

Watson, who turned 34 last month, said he played most of last year with a sports hernia, which he didn't realize until the end of the season

Watson, 34, averaged 2 points and 4 assists in 17.3 minutes per game in 48 appearances for the Utah Jazz last season. He shot 30.8 percent from the floor and 17.9 percent from deep. His PER of 7.70 ranked No. 90 out of 105 point guards last season, but topped Blazers reserves Nolan Smith (7.15) and Ronnie Price (6.81). Eric Maynor ranked No. 80 at 9.36.

Watson underwent knee surgery in April 2012 that kept him out for the first few weeks of the 2012-13 season.

The Blazers also reportedly agreed to sign unrestricted free agent forward Dorell Wright on Saturday.

The Blazers also released guard/forward Sasha Pavlovic on Saturday.

Portland is now set to have 15 contracts on the books for next season: LaMarcus Aldridge, Will Barton, Nicolas Batum, Victor Claver, Allen Crabbe, Joel Freeland, Terrel Harris, Meyers Leonard, Damian Lillard, Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews, C.J. McCollum, Thomas Robinson, Earl Watson and Dorell Wright. Harris is on a non-guaranteed contract.

The Blazers still have not used their room exception (starting at $2.6 million per year and running for up to two years).

-- Ben Golliver | | Twitter