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Darren Collison signs three-year, $16 million contract with the Kings

Jul 3, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

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Darren Collison, scheduled to earn less than $2 million next season, opted out of his contract seeking two things:

  • To re-sign with the Clippers
  • To make more money

The Clippers are most concerned with upgrading at small forward, leaving Collison hanging in the open.

At least he’ll get paid.

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

Forget the Kings re-signing Isaiah Thomas and remaining under the luxury tax. They’re now hard-capped, and even if they waive Quincy Acy and Willie Reed, I project they could offer Thomas a stating salary of less than $5,745,652 – which could max out at $33,037,499 over a five-year contract. However, that starting salary must be lowered by the amount of Carl Landry’s potential incentives, an amount I do not know.

Even if Landry’s incentives are only $1 – an exaggeratedly low figure – that’s not enough space to keep Thomas. Unless the Kings make another deal, they’re likely rolling with Collison as their starter and Ray McCallum as his backup.

Essentially, if another team offers Thomas, a restricted free agent, a contract that would take the Kings over the hard cap, they can’t match. I bet someone does that, unless Sacramento makes other moves to clear room before Collison’s deal becomes official July 10.

The Clippers will miss Collison, especially the relief he provided for Chris Paul. This might make the them hesitant to trade Jamal Crawford now. Though a starting small forward is a bigger concern than having a scoring guard off the bench, both matter.

Update: Ken Berger of

That would be the other shoe to drop. Jason Terry, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson and Travis Outlaw are all candidates. (Man, Sacramento has a lot of bad contracts.)

That could give the Kings room to re-sign Thomas below the hard cap. Perhaps more importantly, it could give them room to leverage a sign-and-trade for Thomas.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Was that a Flop on Thomas?

    • reesesteel23 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Ofcourse. They don’t replay his flops 20 times throughout the rest of the game so it sticks in your brain though like some other player I wont mention

  2. k3nn3k - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    That’s a huge bummer for clipper nation…but good for Collison for earning his money and a starting spot. He was integral in backing up Paul and even keeping the Clippers in games when they needed that energetic push. Hopefully he has as much success as a starter than he did as a backup.

  3. asimonetti88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    This is the year of the role player in free agency… over $5 mil per year for Collison… wow.

  4. csbanter - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Collison is a decent point guard but like Thomas he’s a liability on defense. In essence the Kings signed a “taller” version of Thomas. Does this make basketball sense?

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      He’s taller but not as talented of a scorer.

    • enigma2742 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      you just said collison is a liabilty on defense you dont know basketball you just been caught

  5. edavidberg - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Thomas is a better player than Collison.

  6. cameltoehoe - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Bad teams with inexperienced Front Office Execs have to take on crippling contracts just to attract the most mediocre of talent.

    It takes time, patience & brains to get out of a rut: ask LAC & GSW

  7. jamesk2465 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Didn’t Collison lose his starting spot last time to Mike James ?

    • lhollis74 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Simply because Dallas wanted and needed a three shooter more than a get to the rim guy with dirk on the floor.

  8. 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    I don’t like this move by either parties. Boo.

  9. jadaruler - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Collision is a great backup, terrible starter.

  10. fanofthegame1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Thomas won’t have to go far.

    • skins26portis - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Your right Thomas won’t have to go far because I hope he gets resigned .

  11. skins26portis - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    The Kings still need to resign Thomas because you need 3 good guards in today’s NBA. Thomas can still start and bring Collinson off the bench. Ray MaCallum is in his 2nd season now and played well towards the end of last season but he still is very raw. Good move Sac but please get Thomas resigned. Kings need to move Jason Thompson or Carl Landry who missed all but 15 games last season .

  12. norcaldeportes - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Isaiah Thomas is so overrated. He put up good numbers because he was on a garbage team. Same as Tyreke his rookie year. I like this signing. It’s just a small piece. Many more to come (hopefully).

    • shaolin916 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      You my friend are an idiot..I.T overrated? Dudes as tall as my grandma but avg’s 20 points a game and is quite efficient and gives 100% every game..very bummed on this signing.

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