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Report: Clippers’ Darren Collison to opt out, test free agent market.

May 29, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Ideally, Darren Collison would like to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers — good team (despite the ownership situation), good market near where he grew up and went to college, good role for him on the court.

But what he really wants to do is get paid.

So Collison is going to opt out of his deal and test the market, reports Chris Haynes of

Darren Collison of the Los Angeles Clippers will forgo the second year of his contract that would have paid him $1.9 million to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, a league source informed….

The source’s response to our inquire was, “Darren is definitely opting out.”

Collison played 26 minutes a game off the bench for the Clippers, scoring 11.4 points a game, using his incredible speed with the ball to help fuel their running game (he averaged 1.2 points per possession shooting in transition this year). He’s also a solid as a pick-and-roll point guard who works well off the ball and he shot 37.6 percent from three. The biggest knock is he’s not a great defender.

Still, he’s exactly the kind of back up point guard a lot of teams could use.

Including the Clippers. Expect to get going to get a raise and a couple more years of security. Clippers will try to keep him, but if another team comes over the top, well, this is a business and he is gone.

  1. csbanter - May 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    The Lakers should make a run at Collison. He’s not a high maintenance PG, otherwise LA should be looking to draft Marcus Smart. Smart and Kobe in the same backcourt. Wow.

    • romestar82 - May 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      I been wanting the Lakers to get D.C ever since he backed up CP3 in OKC/N.O them Lakers management has never gone after him ,stil here praying they do this time but like before Lakers management will screw this up

    • realfootballfan - May 30, 2014 at 2:50 AM

      I think the Smart pick would be good although I think the comparisons to Magic will become annoying at some point. However, I think Collison is in his ideal role and wouldn’t fit with the Lakers lack of talent right now. He’s a backup point guard or starting point guard best served on a team full of big stars (OKC should look at him and move Westbrook to more of a shooting guard role imo). When the Lakers had Howard with Kobee, that might have been a good mix, but not now imo.

      It’s not a coincidence that his best years have come as Paul’s backup first in New Orleans and now on the wrong side of the track in LA, but he struggled when paired with a team of not exactly great but good players in the Pacers and recent Mavericks. But you can’t blame the guy for trying to get paid.

  2. realfootballfan - May 30, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    I thought he would be great for the Pacers but when he was there, he didn’t fit at all.

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