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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What does LeBron James owe the city of Cleveland? “LeBron James owes nobody anything. Nobody. When my mother told me I don’t owe her anything, from that point in time, I don’t owe anybody anything. But what I will give to the city of Cleveland is passion, commitment, and inspiration. As long as I put that jersey on, that’s what I represent. That’s why I’m there—to inspire that city. But I don’t owe anybody anything.”
Veteran forward Richard Jefferson is signing a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Denver Nuggets. Jefferson confirmed the deal in a text message to The Vertical. “I picked Denver because I believe in what they are doing and building and believe I can add and contribute on and off the court to their nucleus in a positive way,” Jefferson told The Vertical.
Peter Vecsey: Contrary to counterfeit reports by ESPN and Yahoo, Bobby Portis did not “cheap shot” Nikola Mirotic at Bulls’ practice this afternoon, a source attests. Nonetheless, there is no denying it was a damaging one-punch knockdown. The Montenegro forward was taken to the hospital with a concussion and facial fractures that will require surgery, and is out indefinitely. Mirotic initiated the skirmish. “He was the aggressor, not Portis,” I am informed. “Mirotic shoved Portis twice, maybe three times. When Portis retaliated with a hard shove, Mirotic charged him. Portis put him down.”
LeBron James said the Cleveland fan base gave Kyrie Irving a pretty easy time during his first return trip to Quicken Loans Arena. “It was nothing,” James said. “That was nothing. What do you want me to say? I’ve experienced big boos before. That was like a pat on the back.