From the Rocky Mountian News:
The Sonics have much interest in Watson, who signed a five-year, $29 million deal in September. Watson said the Sonics were the first team to call him when he became a free agent, dialing him up at 12:01 a.m. on July 1.
"I've got a lot of respect (for the SuperSonics)," Watson said. "I really owe that organization. They kind of paved the way for me. Any teams that drafts you and you play a lot your rookie year, you just owe them. It's kind of like a beginning. . . . You just respect them for that.''
This is actually pretty major news for the Supersonics who are consistantly accused of being slow and unaggressive when pursuing free agents. It shows me at least that the Sups did identify their biggest need this offseason and were actually quite aggressive in pursuing it.