Collison, 36, told The Oklahoman that his future is still up in the after this season, which will be his 15th in the NBA. “I don’t know for sure,” Collison said when asked if 2017-18 is his final season. “I know I’m a lot closer to the end than the beginning. It’s hard to ever close a door. You just never know for sure. “I’ll be 37 when the season starts. I don’t want to totally close the door, because you never know, but it very well could be. I’m just gonna try to be ready for it, enjoy it, and as the year goes on, make a decision at the end of the year, I guess.”
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Shams Charania: Nick Collison is re-signing with Oklahoma City on a 1-year deal to end 15-year career with Thunder franchise, sources tell The Vertical.
Nick Collison isn’t done playing. At least, that’s what he says. “I plan to play [next year] for sure,” Collison said. “I wasn’t sure going into the season how I would feel at the end of the year, but I still enjoy playing, and I enjoy being around the group. I enjoy being on the team, and I still think I have something to offer.”
Now is his chance. And considering he wants to keep playing, considering the directions both Collison and the Thunder are heading, a return to Oklahoma City is no guarantee. “I’ve been treated great here, and I’ve had great experiences here, and it’s been the best basketball years of my life for sure playing here,” Collison said. “Hopefully it’ll work out, but that’s the way it goes. There’s no answers today.”
Yet, the Thunder didn’t give him much playing time this season. And that’s something which could lead to an amicable breakup this summer. “This will be the second season I’m not 100 percent sure what’s going to happen next,” Collison said. “I was going to play for the Iowa Falls Cadets and then play for the [Kansas] Jayhawks, and then the one year I didn’t know was the draft, and then I’ve had all extensions.”
“It’s a little different,” Collison said. “I think about it, but I’ve got really good relationships with all the people here… I think both sides just have to find the best thing, and we’ll figure it out.”
Veteran forward Nick Collison said Wednesday he plans to continue his playing career. “I wasn’t sure going into the season how I would feel at the end of the year, but I still enjoy playing, and I enjoy being around the group,” Collison said. “I enjoy being on the team, and I still think I have something to offer.”
Collison said this was just the second time since he was in junior high that he’s entered an offseason unsure about where he would play the next season, though he would like to return to the Thunder. “I think it’ll be honest and fair,” Collison said of contract talks with Oklahoma City. “It’s been more just me thinking about it at this point. There hasn’t been a lot of dialogue.”
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“The Lakers plan hasn’t changed. They want to get both of them.” – @wojespn on Lakers going after Lebron & Paul George
Jabari Parker was very animated talking about his frustration right now with limited minutes. He mentioned the only way to see the floor more was to be on the “coach’s good side”. When asked if he was on Prunty’s good side, he smirked and said “I don’t think so.”
Chase Hughes: Scott Brooks said he met with John Wall and Bradley Beal about getting Beal more involved in the offense. Also said Otto needs to take more shots. Otto did not have a three-point attempt in Game 2.
Ohm Youngmisuk: John Wall and Scott Brooks say a major emphasis for Game 3 is getting off to a stronger start. Toronto jumped out to leads of 10 and 22 in each of the first quarters of Games 1 and 2. Expect the Wizards to try to feed off of the DC crowd early and try to jumpstart Bradley Beal.
Basketball-Reference: The #Pacers were +11 with Victor Oladipo on and -14 without him. For the series, Oladipo is +32 and the Pacers are -17 when he’s on the bench basketball-reference.com/boxscores/plus… pic.twitter.com/8s6MRNlqIY