HoopsHype Earl Watson rumors

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Now in his fourth season, Durant's congeniality off the court has become as captivating as anything he's capable of delivering on it. His compassion is all-inclusive. Custodial workers inside Oklahoma City Arena receive the same respect as team chairman Clay Bennett. Fans have been extended the same hospitality Durant reserves for friends and family. And it's no act. Ask anyone who's been around Durant about his genuineness and they'll assure you it's legit. “He's always had a maturity about him of being that positive role model,” said Utah guard Earl Watson, a teammate of Durant's during his first two NBA seasons. “He didn't come into the league as an immature individual, which is rare for someone so young.” Oklahoman

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Earl Watson is still getting to know Deron Williams. Watson is less than three months into his first season as a reserve point guard with the Jazz, and he acknowledges that he is still learning what makes Williams tick; what makes Utah’s starting point guard special and unique. But Watson is a widely respected 10-year veteran who has played for seven NBA teams, and proudly considers himself to be a student of the game. He is certain of one thing: Williams clearly has a chance to be a prime Most Valuable Player candidate once the 2010-11 season is complete. “It’s a goal that he never talks about, but you can see it developing,” Watson said. Salt Lake Tribune

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With the New Orleans Hornets being bought by the NBA and the possibility they could move, Kansas City has been mentioned as a possibility. Watson believes the city, which lost the Kings to Sacramento in 1985, is deserving of another NBA franchise. "I think Kansas City is a great NBA city,'' Watson said before Wednesday's game against Miami. "It's a city that loves sports. We have already two major franchises ... with the Royals and the Chiefs and (had a third with) the Kings back in the day. Basketball in Kansas, alums from (Kansas University) and (Kansas State), they all kind of centralize in Kansas City. It's a great city financially for many reasons and also for the new arena they just put up.'' FanHouse.com

"You'd hate to see a team leave (another) city but Kansas City, we lost the Kings,'' said Watson, who means no ill will to New Orleans and would just as soon see Kansas City land an expansion outfit. "I was hurt. I was a kid.'' Watson was just 6 when the Kings bolted town. But he remembers it well. "There were a couple of situations that hurt me as a kid with basketball, when the Kings left and when Larry Brown left KU after they won the championship (in 1988),'' said Watson, who played for Washington High in Kansas City, Kan., before going to UCLA "It was tough. I remember the last game I went to, when they had Magic (Johnson), when (the Kings) played the Lakers. I fell asleep at the game. I was so young. But just being there was big enough for me it and really ignited my dream to play in the NBA. You hate for a team to leave a city. But hopefully Kansas City can get a team sooner or later.'' FanHouse.com

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Brian T. Smith: As for whether Watson's deal with #UtahJazz is guaranteed, source says veteran guard "does not have to play his way into a roster spot." Twitter

The Jazz are expected to soon finalize a deal with free-agent guard Earl Watson. Signing Watson is not contigent upon Utah either retaining or losing Fesenko. Salt Lake Tribune

September 22, 2010 Updates

The Utah Jazz will soon add one more veteran to their roster, but they're still waiting to see if one of their own will rejoin the team. Point guard Earl Watson has agreed to terms with the Jazz and will sign in time to participate in fall camp next week, a source confirmed to the Deseret News. Watson's imminent signing also all but ends any chances of a camp invitation in Utah for Mike James. The 35-year-old veteran guard, who's seen action with nine NBA teams, had expressed interest in playing for the Jazz this summer and participated in a workout in Utah last week. Deseret News

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Veteran point guard Earl Watson has agreed to sign with the Utah Jazz, a league source told FanHouse. Watson's deal, according to the source, will be guaranteed. The terms are otherwise not known at this time. FanHouse.com

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League source tells FanHouse that veteran point guard Earl Watson will be in Utah Jazz training camp. Twitter

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Briant T. Smith: Still a chance veteran point guard Earl Watson ends up with #UtahJazz. But Watson is in a holding pattern, and considering two other teams. Twitter

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