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Mark Haynes: Darren Collison on the “Minute til 6” podcast says he never thought about coming out of retirement to join Lakers or Clippers. The veteran guard called it “overhyped” as he opens up about that period and his future.
It might be harder if there were games. Collison called it quits on his NBA career last summer, but he waffled in the winter. He considered returning to the court before opting to remain retired.
“I miss playing,” he said, but he’s mostly content with that decision. He admitted that if there were a nightly slate of playoff games on TV, walking away might weigh on him more. At 32, he isn’t ruling out a comeback someday.
Brad Turner: Darren Collison has decided to retired and will not play this season, per sources. He will wait until the summer before making a decision. He will spend time with his family
Collison had been weighing a February or March comeback with one of the NBA’s two championship contenders in Los Angeles, but Collison informed teams on Sunday that he simply isn’t ready to return to the NBA — and it’s unclear if or when he will, league sources said.
Before Darren Collison was seen at Thursday night’s Lakers-Rockets game, the team had conversations with the point guard to check his temperature on retirement. When word began to circulate recently that Collison had been working out and was interested in playing again in the NBA, Lakers forward Anthony Davis and Collison had a talk about his plans and how Los Angeles might fit into those, according to people who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
There also were people in Collison’s camp that had been in recent contact with Linda Rambis, the executive director of special projects and a confidant of Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss, according to those with knowledge of the situation. That eventually led to the free agent heading to Staples Center on Thursday and visiting the Lakers’ locker room before sitting in seats next to Buss.
Marc Stein: Detroit’s Reggie Jackson is still assessing whether to pursue a buyout or complete his Pistons contract, league sources say, but the Clippers have emerged as a likely suitor if Jackson goes that route The Clips, of course, also have interest in prime Laker target Darren Collison
Free agent guard Darren Collison has a meeting set with his agent, Bill Duffy, early next week in order to finalize a decision on a potential comeback, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Upon a decision to return, Duffy’s next step will be to set up formal meetings for Collison with the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers, sources told Wojnarowski.
He sat courtside with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss at Thursday’s game against the Houston Rockets. Asked whether his presence was a sign of an impending agreement with the Lakers, Collison brushed it off. “Just watching the game, ain’t nothing to it,” Collison said. “Got the best seats in the house.”
Hours after James selected Anthony Davis to “Team LeBron,” he had the chance to weigh in on the possibility of the Lakers adding Darren Collison, the 32-year-old point guard who turned down a multi-year deal with Chicago last summer to focus on his family and faith. “I’ve never been one to talk fantasy basketball,” James said. “We’ll see what happens, but I don’t really have too much to comment on that.”
Free-agent point guard Darren Collison settled into a second-row seat near Lakers owner Jeanie Buss in the third quarter of L.A.’s 121-111 loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night at Staples Center, and while the pair was out in the open in front of nearly 20,000 fans, both arrived at the seats with their hoodies pulled up over their heads.
Asked whether his presence Thursday was a sign of an impending agreement with the Lakers, Collison brushed it off. “Just watching the game, ain’t nothing to it,” Collison told ESPN. “Got the best seats in the house.”
A source told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne the Lakers were “recruiting” and that Collison plans to discuss over the next week with his family and agent whether to return to the NBA.
NBA Central: Darren Collison says there’s still a 50/50 chance he comes out of retirement, per @Matt Barnes
Dave McMenamin: The trade deadline came and went for the Lakers without a deal. They have a full 15-man roster, but will survey the buyout market to see if anyone becomes available worth waiving a current player in order to acquire him. Darren Collison is also a free agent PG they’ll look at.
Brad Turner: Sources: Free agent/retired guard Darren Collison has been working out and has interest in playing in the NBA again, and Lakers and Clippers are teams he likes. But Collison not expected to make decision until after All-Star break.
ShowtimeForum: “Source: Retired G Darren Collison will make his decision on returning after the All-Star break. He’s in shape, will be game-ready quickly. He’s not eager to leave Southern California. It’ll be a @Los Angeles Lakers – @Los Angeles Clippers battle.” Via: @Sean Deveney | #Lakeshow pic.twitter.com/Y5fEjM2jhP
Where the Lakers may have an advantage is after the trade deadline, when retired point guard Darren Collison is expected to make a return. A source close to Collison says he’d like to play for one of the L.A. franchises. Collison was already a Clipper once, playing 80 games in the 2013-14 season, but league insiders say he and coach Doc Rivers did not part on good terms, presumably making the Lakers his first choice. The source close to Collison, however, says his prior experience with Rivers would not preclude him from rejoining them.
Specifically, Collison may be reconsidering his early retirement, with eyes on the Lakers or Clippers as a destination: That could be a game-changer. “He would be unbelievable,” said one person associated with the team.
But league sources tell Heavy.com that the Lakers are not limiting themselves to a pursuit of Collison when it comes to finding depth at point guard—though, a source said that the Lakers would be the frontrunner for his services. “There’s not a lot they can do with the assets that they have,” one league executive told Heavy.com. “Whatever they can pull together, they’re going to try to get help at the point guard spot.”
Dave McMenamin on The Jump on the Lakers’ priority as Darren Collison rumors float – “Backup point guard is the number one priority as they look towards improving their roster as we go into the postseason.”
After a stunning retirement prior to free agency, veteran guard Darren Collison is considering a February return to the NBA – with the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers emerging as his preferred destinations, league sources told ESPN. Collison, 32, exited the league abruptly in late June despite an expectation that he would attract multiple contract offers in the neighborhood of $10 million-plus a season.
Many of the league’s contenders have monitored Collison’s interest in returning and have stayed in contact with his agent, Bill Duffy of BDA Sports, and others close to Collison, league sources said.
KC Johnson: There’s strong belief within league circles the Bulls and Darren Collison were headed for a marriage had Collison not surprisingly retired Friday night at age 31.
Evan Massey: On his #NBA Free Agency primer, @wojespn mentioned that Darren Collison could be a target for the #Lakers if they don’t land a third star. Would be a great fit for Frank Vogel and L.A.
John Gambadoro: Suns not shopping the 6th pick for a veteran point guard as per reports. A few names to keep an eye on in free agency are Cory Joseph, Pat Bev, Darren Collison, TJ McConnell. Look if Suns can come away with a true Power Forward, a starting caliber point guard, a backup big who can shoot and a young point guard to develop (draft) they will be on the right path. There is not unlimited money to spend here!
Multiple NBA sources have told the Sun-Times that not only have the Bulls been scouting veteran point guards as the Feb. 7 trade deadline approaches, but they are focusing on veteran point guards who are going to be free agents this offseason and deemed fiscally responsible for some summer shopping, headlined by Ricky Rubio and Darren Collison.
Jordan Schultz: Source: The #Pacers picked up Darren Collison’s option for next season, making the veteran point guard fully guaranteed for $10M.
J. Michael Falgoust: Pritchard says he expects to have Darren Collison back next year #Pacers #NBADraft
Eric Pincus: Darren Collison’s 2-year w/Indiana is a flat $10 mil per – but only $2 mil guaranteed in 2018-19 @BBallInsiders
The Indiana Pacers announced Friday they have signed free agent Darren Collison to a contract. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
After also drawing interest from the Clippers, Magic and Knicks, Collison said he never heard from his former Kings team. “Nah, I didn’t hear not one time from them; it was a bit disappointing,” Collison told ABC10 on Monday night. “I wanted to stay. I was telling people that regardless of who they draft and what happened, I wanted to stay, I wanted to be part of this process to see this thing through. Didn’t hear from them, not one time, so we had to move on. Time was ticking and we kind of had to make a decision.”
Sean Cunningham: Clippers, Knicks, Magic and Pacers were among teams Darren Collison heard from before choosing Indy tonight. Kings? Didn’t hear from them.
Bobby Marks: IND with the Darren Collison signing now have a projected $13M in room. Cap space could grow to $17M based on $4M of non-guarant. contracts.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Darren Collison has agreed in principle to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Indiana Pacers, league sources tell ESPN.
The Knicks have been in touch with Derrick Rose, Darren Collison and Rajon Rondo. Another option would be Shelvin Mack.
Bill Ingram: Source: @Darren Collison getting some love from @Orlando Magic, @New Orleans Pelicans, @Sacramento Kings and @Denver Nuggets – would take less from contender.
Ian Begley: The Knicks have reached out to both Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison, per league sources.
“For a while, I didn’t know what they wanted to do,” he said this week. “But after talking to Vlade late in the season, I got a much better sense. I think management has a definite plan in place and I think what he’s doing is smart. They have a goal they want to reach. They want a good locker room, because it starts from there. They have a good coach in Dave Joerger, and the young players, when I look at what they did late in the season, you realize these are guys you can play with and eventually win with. That’s my gut feeling. And then after the (Cousins) trade, when we got away from playing two bigs and played faster, I feel like my skills fit better. So, no, I wouldn’t mind coming back at all.”
His agent, Bill Duffy, expects him to attract considerable interest, but added, “Sacramento is very high on his list. Darren loves the community, feels like the young guys are coming along, and we both think that Vlade is giving the Kings an identity.”
The Kings will need to address their point guard situation with Darren Collison and Ty Lawson both being unrestricted free agents. On Thursday, Divac said it was “too early to say” if the Kings will attempt to bring those veterans back.
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