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Rumor: Warriors to Release CJ Watson for Gary Payton

The Warriors recent DLeague call-up CJ Watson is just a few days into his second 10-day contract. I've liked what I've seen from him in his very limited playing time so far, but it doesn't look like the Warriors are going to have the FM radio dial set on 102.9 that much longer. A Bay Area hoops legend could be throwing up that W and talking tons of hilarious trash real soon though. Make the jump for the details.

From Ira Winderman [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]:

BOOBY PRIZE: Awkward moment of the week had to belong to Golden State's C.J. Watson, who was honored before last week's game against the Pacers for being the 100th all-time NBA call-up from the Developmental League. Warriors executive and former Boyd Anderson star Mitch Richmond did the presenting. Watson soon is expected to be released in favor of former Heat guard Gary Payton.

ESPN's Weekend Dime also had a bit on BD's thoughts on Payton in a Warriors' jersey:

Baron Davis continues to say that he would welcome the free-agent addition of Gary Payton if Warriors coach Don Nelson eventually decides he wants a more seasoned backup at the point.

"Absolutely," Davis said. "Him being an Oakland native, his mentality and leadership, he'd fit in great with us."

Like I said when the first legit rumor (if there's even such a thing) about Payton unretiring to throw on a Warriors jersey dropped- Love GP. Love to have him here. Love to root for him. But I don't think it makes much basketball sense. Love to be proven wrong though!

Who's the better option as a backup PG for the Warriors this year? CJ or GP?

99% of rumors never happen, but 99% of them are fun to talk about!

GP to the Bay

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