ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 12: Earl Watson #11 of the Utah Jazz reaches for a steal against Jamal Crawford #11 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 12 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Atlanta is in need of depth at the point guard position due to the injury to Kirk Hinrich and the pending free agency of Jamal Crawford. Jeff Teague is currently the only point guard on the Hawks roster. The parallels are their for Watson who played for Seattle during Rick Sund's tenure as GM of the Sonics.
Watson played in 80 games with the Utah Jazz last season playing just under 20 minutes per game. He finished with averages of 4.3 points and 3.5 assists per game. He is 32 years old and a 10 year veteran of the NBA. His best season probably came during the 2007-08 season when he averaged 10.7 points and 6.8 assists per game for Seattle.
According to Utah Jazz play-by-play man David Locke, Watson hasn't committed to any team yet although he has been in contact with several teams. He is waiting to hear from the Jazz before he does anything.
Just communicated with Earl Watson - "says he is sitting patient until I hear from the jazz at this point. Other teams are pushing hard."
From Alex Kennedy at HoopsWorld regarding Earl Watson:
Earl Watson was leaning toward signing with the Atlanta Hawks, but now it appears the Utah Jazz are still in the mix. Watson may decide to re-sign with Utah because they're willing to offer him a two-year deal.