HoopsHype Earl Watson rumors

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Veteran point guard Earl Watson is still in play for the Utah Jazz, agent Mark Bartelstein told The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday. Bartelstein plans to talk with Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor on Friday to determine how Watson fits into Utah's 2011-12 picture. "We've been having serious talks with the Jazz," Bartelstein said. "Kevin and I are going to talk again ... and I'm hoping we're going to work something out." Salt Lake Tribune

HoopsWorld reporter Alex Kennedy reported on Twitter that the free agent point guard is "leaning toward signing with the Atlanta Hawks." That sent fans engaged in a "BringBackEarl" Twitter campaign to reach for the panic button. Watson, who's taken to the social-media site lately, is trying to alleviate their worries. "I haven't decided yet," he told the Deseret News. "Can't negotiate till Friday." From his hometown of Kansas City, Watson also publicly tweeted, "I have not made any commitment to any team yet. ... Awaiting patiently." Deseret News

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