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Nick Collison
Nick Collison
Position: F
Born: 10/26/80
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Salary: $3,750,000
It’s not the biggest transaction in the grand scheme of the NBA, especially considering the veteran, now in his 11th season, is averaging career lows in points (3.8), rebounds (3.4) and minutes (16) per game. If anything, how the deal was structured might be of most interest to the league at large; the Thunder front office used an obscure and never-before-used provision from the collective bargaining agreement to give Collison a raise — from his $2.5 million salary this season to $3.75 million next year — based on his 10-plus seasons of service with one team.
In real terms, the difference might not be massive. It could be in theory – assuming for argument’s sake that he both merits and demands the biggest extension possible, a standard extension for Collison would total $7,772,744 over three years, whereas under this provision it would be $16,849,013 (starting at 107.5% of the $4.86 million average over the previous five years, with 7.5% raises). But in practice, Collison no longer merits that amount. Nevertheless, maybe Collison could get a bit of it. The Thunder have not the financial resources to voluntarily overpay, of course. But Kendrick Perkins finally expires this summer, and Collison is owed a favour. They know what to do.
The Thunder have had their share of players who didn’t follow the Collison plan over the past four years, too; namely Jeff Green, James Harden and now Jackson. Green and Harden were traded before they ever hit free agency. Jackson, a restricted free agent this summer, has been in trade talks for several weeks. Sam Presti has never allowed one of his core players to reach free agency since he took over as general manager in 2007. This year’s trade deadline is now three weeks away. “This organization has always shown an interest in getting something done [before free agency],” Collision said. “When both sides feel good about the deal, then things get done.”
While some may question the attractiveness of the Oklahoma City market, the Thunder have largely been successful in keeping their top players when they’ve offered significant money. “This organization shows a commitment to players, and it’s an everyday thing,” Collison told ESPN after he signed his deal. “That is something the guys have valued, how we’ve been treated over the years. Guys appreciate it and we’ve wanted to be here. It’s a two-way street.” It’s clearly important to Collison, who has now signed three contract extensions with the franchise. But it also aligns with what Durant has said about his free agency in 2016.
Anthony Slater: Quote from Sam Presti on the Nick Collison extension via team press release: “We are excited that Nick Collison will continue his tenure with the Thunder. Since our arrival in 2008, Nick has helped us establish the standards on and off the floor that we work by on a day-to-day basis,” said Presti. “He has accepted various roles, demonstrated professionalism in all aspects of his craft, and shown a commitment to an organizational philosophy that is rare in sports today. Nick is the type of player that will always be valued in Oklahoma City, and we are thrilled he will continue to be a foundational member of the Thunder moving forward.”
Nick Collison’s blood-stained shoes being auctioned off by Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder is auctioning off a pair of historical shoes. Nick Collison’s game-worn shoes from the April 3 game against the San Antonio Spurs are up for bid as part of the Thunder Cares August Auction. You might ask: What’s so special about these particular shoes? Well, for starters, they have NICK COLLISON’S BLOOD ON THEM.
Collison will find out on Tuesday if his tooth that was pushed back toward his throat will need to be glued back in place. The Thunder, meanwhile, have a repair job of their own to get to work on in time for Game 2 on Wednesday. “We weren’t good enough,” said Collison, the always-classy veteran who only played 15 minutes and missed all three of his shots. “Offensively, we’ve got to be better too. But it’s not necessarily like, ‘Serge is gone, replay Serge (and his role).’ It’s like, whoever is the five who are out there have to really play at a high level. The Spurs are great at moving the ball, finding the open man and eventually getting to the paint. We’ve got to be able to cut that stuff off so they’re not getting in the paint and we’re making them shoot jumpshots over a hand instead of letting them get to the basket so much.”
Collison said he would understand if Brooks wants to go small with the lineup and put him back in his reserve role. “If coach doesn’t feel like that lineup is good or whatever, then that’s up to him,” he said. “But for me personally, I’m just trying to get in there and do what I do well and try to get to the right spots and make the right plays.”
Thunder forward Nick Collison and New Orleans guard Austin Rivers were ejected in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 101-89 loss to the Pelicans on Monday night. The two exchanged shoves and had to be separated before coming to blows. The incident began on a Thunder offensive possession. Collison attempted to set a screen on Rivers, who took exception to the contact and pushed Collison. Collison threw both arms in the air and looked around for the refs to make a call. It didn’t come. As the two transitioned to the other end, Collison then took matters into his own hands, delivering a forceful forearm shove into Rivers’ back. Rivers turned and charged at Collison, who appeared to briefly cock back his fist. The two were then separated and a double technical foul was called before referees reviewed the incident and upgraded it to double ejections.