HoopsHype Nick Collison rumors


October 11, 2011 Updates
September 27, 2011 Updates

Despite the lockout, local interest in the Thunder has not waned. Collison and Aldrich both smiled when informed the Thunder had sold out of its full-season ticket allotment last week. “That's impressive,” Aldrich said. “That shows the loyalty that our fans have. Talking with people, even here (at KU), there are a lot of fans who just want to get the season started on time.” Oklahoman

September 26, 2011 Updates

Is there still hope to start the season on time? Nick Collison: "We'll see what happens. You hope the other side will see the momentum the league had and you hope they won't want to sacrifice that for their demands. To be honest, it's a little disappointing right now. There's still some time. We've got about 2-3 weeks to maybe get it done by November (the start of the regular season)." Oklahoman

Let's say a deal does not come in 2-3 weeks. Are we looking at a February start at best? NC: "I can kind of see the writing on the wall. These guys (owners) are going to try to make us bleed a little to try and get what they want. That's their game plan, because clearly they haven't tried to negotiate. That's kind of our stand. We try to meet in the middle somewhere, but I think they're a little more interested in trying to break us and force a deal down our throat." Oklahoman

Why can't you contact medical staff, especially if rehab is involved? NC: "It's probably just easier to keep a clean separation, but on the medical side, I think that's a real risk for the team. It just doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. For me, being a little bit long in the tooth, it's nice to be able to talk to the trainers and the physical therapy side just to try to keep up with everything. I don't understand that part of it (the lockout). At the end of the day, we're going to come back and play, and if a guy were to get injured, wouldn't they want some kind of say in how his rehab is going? Why not be able to stay in touch with medical staff?" Oklahoman

August 3, 2011 Updates
July 8, 2011 Updates

Nick Collison: sad day as we lost Coach Neil Dougherty. He was a great father and husband. He was a mentor and friend of mine whom i owe so much. Twitter

June 14, 2011 Updates

Nick Collison: the craziest thing happened in hot yoga. We were in the birth pose and I totally helped a chick deliver a baby!!! Congrats Amy!!! ... For the record I did not deliver a baby today nor wear yoga pants and sports bra combo Yahoo! Sports

May 20, 2011 Updates

But Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison took turns setting the tone on Nowitzki. They made his catches tougher. They avoided the temptation of putting their hands on him. They made him drive and become a playmaker. Through three quarters, Nowitzki was stuck on 13 points on 3-for-7 shooting. “We just wanted to challenge him on his shots and hope that he missed them,” said Collison. “We did a better job helping from the weak side, and it gave us more confidence to get into him knowing that if we did get beat off the dribble we didn't have to foul him because their was help coming. I think that helped us a little bit. “The guy's still tough. He scored a ton down the stretch when they needed it. But we did enough early, I think, that we were able to get a win.” And make Nowitzki's jaw-dropping performance in Game 1 meaningless. Oklahoman

April 29, 2011 Updates

Power forward Nick Collison smiled at the wide-ranging perceptions that have surrounded his team the past 30 months. "One thing I've noticed being in the league is there's always a story line," said Collison, who has been with the franchise since being drafted 12th overall in 2003. "There's always a story, but in our day-to-day lives, things don't really change. A lot of that is kind of peripheral, and we don't really feel like it's real." Oklahoman

April 12, 2011 Updates

Unlike his 22-year old teammate, Collison was firmly entrenched into Seattle culture at the time of the move. The Thunder big man played four seasons in the NBA before the Sonics packed their bags for Oklahoma City. And in fact, he still calls Seattle home. "You know I live in Queen Anne, the neighborhood where (Key Arena) is," Collison said. "There's (been) a lot of change and a lot of those businesses were affected. I had a lot of friends that were longtime Sonics fans their entire lives. It does have an impact. "But for me personally," continued Collison, speaking of Seattle's reality without the Sonics. "I'm there in my offseason, so I don't feel it as much because it's not basketball season." SB Nation

March 29, 2011 Updates
November 24, 2010 Updates

Sources with knowledge of the contract specifics told ESPN.com that the value of the four-year extension that starts in the 2011-12 season is a modest $11 million and change. Highly favorable numbers for the Thunder. However ... The Thunder -- as a team roughly $6.5 million under the salary cap before re-signing Collison -- took advantage of their below-the-cap status to unexpectedly award Collison all of that space as a signing bonus that takes his 2010-11 compensation to a whopping $13.3 million. ESPN.com

With Collison now scheduled to earn $3.3 million in 2012-13 -- and with his salary descending all the way to $2.2 million in 2014-15 -- Oklahoma City has secured a valued member of its rotation at a very cap-friendly price that puts the smallest possible drain on its payroll in coming seasons when the Thunder have to accommodate the extension raises due Kevin Durant as well as future extension receipient Russell Westbrook (and possibly Serge Ibaka). ESPN.com

Nick Collison: Thanks everyone for the kind words about my new deal. Im thrilled to be able to continue to play with these guys for a few more years Twitter

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