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Nets sign Watson to back up D-Will

C.J. Watson #7 of the Chicago Bulls drives

C.J. Watson #7 of the Chicago Bulls drives the lane as Evan Turner #12 and Jrue Holiday #11 of the Philadelphia 76ers reach for the ball in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center. (May 10, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

WASHINGTON -- Avery Johnson said Friday that the Nets were still searching for a point guard to back up Deron Williams.

Looks like they've found their man.

The Nets signed C.J. Watson reportedly for two years at the veteran's minumum, and Watson is said to have a player option in the pact's second year. He was waived by the Bulls on Wednesday and drew interest from others. 

"We are very pleased to add a veteran with the savvy and experience of C.J. Watson to our roster," GM Billy King said in a statement. “C.J. has the ability to be productive in a variety of roles, and he will add quality and versatility to our backcourt rotation."

Watson, 28, played in 49 games for the Bulls this past season, getting the starting nod for an injured Derrick Rose in 25 games. He started five of the Bulls' six games in their first-round series with the 76ers once Rose suffered a season-ending torn ACL in their series-opening matchup with Philadelphia.

He shot 39.3 percent from 3-point range during the regular season, though that number dipped to 25 percent in the playoffs. Watson averaged 7.3 points, 5.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds during the postseason.

Now that they have their backup point guard, the Nets still need to re-sign power forward Kris Humphries, something King said Friday was "close." Johnson had also suggested the Nets need help at small forward behind Gerald Wallace as well, so look for them to also fill that void.

Tags: C.J. Watson , Deron Williams , Avery Johnson , Billy King , Kris Humphries , Brooklyn Nets , Derrick Rose , Gerald Wallace , free agency

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