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Darren Collison agrees to two-year deal with the Clippers

Jul 6, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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When the Clippers engaged in the three-team deal that sent dynamic point guard Eric Bledsoe to Phoenix in exchange for Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick, they improved at the wing and shooting guard positions but suffered a substantial loss in terms of a capable backup to Chris Paul.

The Clippers continued their shrewd offseason decision-making by filling that void with Darren Collison, who has agreed to a two-year deal according to multiple reports.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that Collison holds a player option for that second season, while Sam Amick of USA Today reports that Collison’s deal will pay him $1.9 million for next year.

Collison and Bledsoe are similar in that there is a widespread, irrational love for each player’s skill set. Both are quick and athletic, and can score and handle the ball effortlessly at times, while (for the most part) possessing an ability to initiate the offense.

Collison had his opportunities in Dallas, but failed to make the most of them, and was eventually fighting for minutes with (and lost his starting job to) the 38-year old Mike James in the latter part of the season.

Despite Collison’s inconsistency, he’s a solid pickup for the Clippers considering the overall talent he brings for the price. He holds career averages of 12.1 points and 5.2 assists in 29.5 minutes per game, has played only four NBA seasons, and was a teammate of Paul’s with the Hornets back in 2010.

  1. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    This team is going to be scary next year

    • dannymac17 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      Don’t tell that to Clipper haters. I feel weird even saying that.

    • ron05342 - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:58 AM

      Championship scary.

      • daddyghi - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        they where championship scary last season, until they stumbled upon some team in Memphis.

  2. JMClarkent - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    …Not to mention that he had done a nice job as a back up for CP3 in the past.

  3. dylude - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Great move.

    Is this Doc Rivers pushing these moves on Clippers FO?

    Seems like a system is about to emerge that will extend into the bench as well because Collison can do everything Doc will need to get the ball to shooters and bigs.

    • lessthanclippers - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Doc Rivers IS the front office. H is not only the head coach, but the Senior VicePresidemt of Basketball Operations. That being said, the front office has been very shrewd the last couple years, and Gary Sacks, who will still do the day to day work as VP of Player Personnell, is extremely bright.

  4. zzr600guy - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Great signing for lob city. Collison is an average starting pg but he will be a great backup

  5. adoombray - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    He wouldn’t be the first guy who didn’t do well under Carlisle. I like Rick a lot but once you’re in his doghouse you don’t get out. He will benefit from a more patient and less tough guy coach in Doc Rivers.

    That sound you heard is the crush of “Laker fans” going to buy Clippers jerseys and getting their stories straight about how they were Clipper fans during the bad years.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      adoombray

      Love your last sentence… “That sound you heard is the crush of “Laker fans” going to buy Clippers jerseys and getting their stories straight about how they were Clipper fans during the bad years.”

      • adoombray - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:28 AM

        I was born and raised in LA. I know what it’s like out there. I was 14 when Kobe got drafted which was the dead zone between Showtime and Phil Jackson. Laker fans only show up when the team is good, and they leave early to beat the traffic

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Enjoy your Pacific Division banner, Clipper fan. The Lakers will be back on top in no time. So enjoy your run while you can.

      btw – I remember the 90s and 2005-2007, fun to watch but certainly those weren’t banner teams either. I didn’t jump then, won’t jump now. Good luck with your season.

      • adoombray - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        I’m a Suns fan, I live in Phoenix. Between Alex Len, a guy I was predicting to go 1 overall on this very site a day before the draft, the Lakers losing Dwight, and scoring Eric Bledsoe, it’s been a pretty amazing 10 days for us, aside from you know, actually having a winning team.

      • JHathwell - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        Clearly you aren’t living in reality.

        Wait…

        Jimmy Buss, is that you?

    • Anoesis - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      I’ve been a Lakers fan since before Dr. Buss bought the team. Jack Kent Cooke wasn’t a bad owner, but Buss was certainly the best ever. I also liked the L.A. Rams while Carroll Rosenbloom was alive. After he died, not so much. Same now for Jim-boy getting to run the Lakers. There’s a difference between rooting for a well-run team and being a blind band-wagoner. But thanks for your simple-minded blanket condemnation.

      And this made me laugh: “…about how they were Clipper fans during the bad years.” The only people who were ever Clipper fans during the bad years (which would be every single one until just recently) were simply anti-Laker fans. You know, like you. Every team in every sport has band-wagon fans as well as hard-core fans. Pretending that only the Lakers have fair-weather fans is moronic. What happened to you in L.A.? Couldn’t hack it like Howard?

    • lessthanclippers - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      I’ve been a Clipper Fan since 85-86. My seasons at the Sports Arena were Loge 1 row 11 seats 7 and 8. I’ve been through Don Cheney, Benoit Benjamin, Lrry Drew, Darnell Valentine, tommy Garrick, LeRon Ellis, Terry DeHere, Olden Polyniece, Danny Manning, Carles Sith, Ken Norman, Loy Vaught, Mark Jackon, David Rivers, Elliot Perry, Doc Rivers, Keyon Doling, Quinton Richardson, Quinton Ross, Craig Smith, just to name a few… But you are right, I don’t want these bandwagon fans either,

      • Kurt Helin - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        How do you leave Derek Smith off that list? He might have been a stud.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Am I okay if I’ve been in with the Clippers since Michael Olowokandi?

  6. abchome - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    What a bargain! Rumour has it Matt Barnes argreed to take less to make it happen…WOW!

  7. dougmanoh - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    And right on queue! Laker fan chimes in and points to their past. Wake up Laker fans: The Jerry Bus Era is over!

  8. Anoesis - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    A “queue” is a line. Perhaps you meant “cue?”

    *Buss. If you are going to insult an entire fanbase at least get the greatest-ever owner’s name right.

  9. ji8888 - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    LOL. Collison is the clumsiest guy in the league.

  10. 00maltliquor - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Jesus that’s such a solid signing at a fantastic pricetag! Aaaaah I’m gonna be getting into so many fights with my Clipper homies this upcoming season.

  11. jerdogthompson - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    I thinks it’s important we all lay off the lakes. Its obvious what’s happening.

    Stay focused.

  12. tomshoe - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    So much talent…it’s not fair!

  13. navondusandau - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    The clippers are starting to look very, very dangerous indeed.

    Out go; Lamar Odom, Ronny Turiaf, Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill
    In come : Darren Collison, Jared Dudley and JJ Reddick

    Not only are the guys coming in vastly better players then the ones that they got rid off, but they’re better fits, too. It also enables the Clippers to effectively play small ball and avoid having to ride DeAndre Jordan during crunch time.

    If the clippers can lock up 1 or 2 serviceable big men on minimum salaries I’d say this team is now one of the top3 contenders…..

    …. but I hope they don’t win a thing, because Sterling is completely undeserving :P

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      You’re right. Maybe they can get Kenyon Martin back. Not sure who else is out there.

  14. justprofit84 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    We need some solid Big Guys. No more guards. Clipper Nation!

  15. jimsjam33 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I love what the Clippers are doing , BUT ! Who’s going to back up Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan . Lionel Hollins is a nice back-up at center and Ronnie Turiaf must find a job somewhere else. We need some bone-crushers at power forward and center as backups .
    Kenyon Martin type’s on the floor like Reggie Evans . People who can play defense , make free throws , and shoot a legit jump shot . Anybody out there / Kendrick Perkins , Big Baby , Amare Stoudamire , Andray Blanche , SOMEBODY

  16. jimsjam33 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Oops . Sorry coach Hollins . I got you coming out of retirement . LOL

  17. jimsjam33 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Tyler Hansbrough , Indiana Pacers is available

  18. sfws12 - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Marreese Speights would be a solid signing toughness and respectably number

  19. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Collison is a great value at $1.9 million but what I want to know is why doesn’t he ever use the glass for layups? He goes straight to the front of the rim and finger-rolls all his open shots.

  20. fearthehoody - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Lakers = Blackberry, Clipps = iphone. Lakers = Vhs, Clipps = Blu Ray. Lakers = Mcgregors, Clipps = Jordans. You follow!?

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