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Magic to sign C.J. Watson, according to report

Orlando will reportedly add the veteran point guard to its backcourt.

C.J. Watson
C.J. Watson
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After reportedly agreeing to terms with Tobias Harris on a new contract Friday, the Orlando Magic wasted little time in making another free-agent move. As Marc Stein of ESPN reports, Orlando has agreed to sign C.J. Watson and will make the deal official once the NBA moratorium on player movement ends.

Watson, 31, has played for four teams across his eight NBA seasons. The 6-foot-2 point guard has earned a reputation as a solid reserve point guard and is known primarily for his outside shooting: his career three-point mark stands at 38.3 percent.

Watson has spent the last two seasons with the Indiana Pacers. In 120 appearances, including 26 spot-starts, he averaged 8.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game while shooting 43.5 percent from the floor and 38.4 percent on three-pointers.

The Tennessee product figures to give Orlando an offensive boost at point guard, where it struggled in the 2014/15 campaign with Elfrid Payton and Luke Ridnour at the controls. While Payton and Ridnour are solid playmakers, their shooting and scoring left plenty to be desired. Orlando has since traded Ridnour. Payton, coming off an All-Rookie season, is firmly entrenched as the Magic's starter going forward, but Watson should be able to spell him for a handful of minutes per night, and give Orlando a bit of a change-of-pace at the position.

No one has yet reported contract terms for Watson.

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