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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Chris Haynes: Milwaukee Bucks plan to sign guard Sean Kilpatrick, league sources tell ESPN. Brooklyn released him last week to make room for Jahlil Okafor trade.
Chris Haynes: Milwaukee plans to waive guard Gary Payton II in the coming days, league sources tell ESPN. His 45 days of service as a two-way player ends Monday. Payton II started six games for Bucks. This is not a popular move within the locker room.
Matt Velazquez: Can confirm @Chris Haynes report that Bucks plan to waive Gary Payton II on Mon. as his days of service run out. Per source, Bucks have their eye on another player to take his spot and need to move quickly to get him. New player on two-way would get pro-rated days (30ish) in NBA.
Anthony took the court to the cheers of the crowd without having to worry about cutaway reaction shots of Phil Jackson hovering above him. With hoody in place Anthony stepped from the bench as a visitor at Madison Square Garden, the warmup and hood hiding any sign of emotion from the crowd. “(There) wasn’t a tear,” Anthony said. “I was actually surprised that it happened. I was just getting ready for my name to be called, looking down and everything just stopped and the video came on. It’s a bittersweet feeling for me. Coming back here, knowing the goals that I had, what I wanted to accomplish here and falling short in that category. Also being on the flip side now, being on another team. It was a bittersweet situation for me.”
Fred Katz: Melo on his role: “That’s what we have to figure out, what we have to nail down as far as the roles that we all have on this team. I think until we kinda figure that part out, we will continue having these ups and down, having good games and bad games, relying just on our talent”