With the Orlando Magic using most of their mid-level exception on Brandon Bass and Matt Barnes, it appears there is no money left to sign point guard C.J. Watson because the Magic are over the salary cap. But Watson, as told to RealGM’s Alex Kennedy, still has his heart set on playing in Orlando this season.
“I want to play with Orlando,” said Watson in an interview with RealGM’s Alex Kennedy. “With the four All-Stars and Stan [Van Gundy].” The third-year point guard wants to don the blue and white Magic uniform come November but isn’t sure how or if it will get done. On Tuesday, Orlando reached an agreement with swingman Matt Barnes which could be a temporary roadblock in the Magic also acquiring Watson. “I’m not sure if they can sign us both. I don’t think they can, that’s what I’ve heard. But I’ve also been told it may be possible so I’m not really sure,” said Watson who has yet to officially sign an offer sheet with Orlando although negotiations are ongoing.
Later in the story, Watson mentions that he’s heard that a sign-and-trade is a possibility. The Magic’s trade exception acquired for Keyon Dooling last offseason expires in less than 24 hours – the way I see it, the only possible way to acquire Watson would be to use the exception, which is worth about $2 million dollars at this point. All the Magic can really offer to Golden State is a second-round draft pick and/or cash considerations. It appears that, despite mutual interest from both sides, Watson in a Magic uniform is a long-shot at best.