Darren Collison Prefers Lakers, Clippers If He Returns

Darren Collison is expected to make a decision on his professional future after the All-Star game, a source tell Sean Deveney of Heavy.com.

It was recently reported that Collison, who abruptly retired last offseason, was considering a return to the league.  Deveney reports that the point guard will weigh all options later in the month. He doesn’t want to leave the Southern California area, meaning the Lakers or Clippers would be his preference.

The Clippers’ wish list includes a defensive-minded wing and a point guard, per Deveney, though the team is likely to wait on the point guard until the buyout market emerges. The Lakers have been using LeBron James as their point with much success, yet they could use an additional ball-handler.

The Nuggets and Sixers also have interest in Collison should he be willing to move away from the area, Shams Charania told Alex Kennedy on The HoopsHype podcast. Behind Ben Simmons, the Sixers have Raul Neto and Trey Burke, who isn’t getting much playing time. The Nuggets are without starting point guard Jamal Murray at the moment. They have Monte Morris and PJ Dozier manning the point guard spot.

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24 thoughts on “Darren Collison Prefers Lakers, Clippers If He Returns

  1. imindless

    Trading kuzma and other pieces like rondo and cook clears the way for collison to become starting pg.

    • Chucktoad1

      Why would Collision start at PG? They have the league leader in APG starting. He’d be a good backup 6th man secondary ball handler though.

        • imindless

          All things curtis, not surprised a celtics troll would choose this platform to act “tough”

          Lakers currently have no pg that can score from outside while be able to assist and it has been reported that lakers want someone else to handle the ball so lebron can focus more on scoring. Rondo so far hasnt been a fit alongside lebron and co, you guys would know had you actually watched lakers games.

        • mcdusty49

          Except he’s leading the league in assists and Ben isn’t too far behind him

    • x%sure

      Assuming Kuzma represents a “timeline” which some poo-bah thinks is important corporately. He’s not a mix, lady

      • x%sure

        Referring to Jeanie Buss, not ^implant, who I’m sure has all the features he/she wants.

  2. El Don

    I use to really, really respect Collison, but… if he comes back he will be showing that he lacks the courage of his convictions, & sadly that says a lot about the man & his character.

    • SheaGoodbye

      Not to mention the fact that he essentially only wants to go to the powerhouse teams in the West.

      For someone who left the game in order to help people, you’d think he’d at least be open to some other contenders.

    • lebuck

      Chill. He’s young, he can always be philanthropic later or even while he’s still playing. He realistically isn’t coming back because of the money so chill with the hating

      • SheaGoodbye

        Still, it’s pretty funny that he’s wanting to make a comeback now only months after his initial decision to retire. Years I could understand, but to have a change of heart so quickly makes me feel like he simply didn’t think his decision through as much as he should’ve.

        I couldn’t really care less either way tbh. And I’m stashing him in a dynasty league in the hopes I can trade him, so, by all means, have the Lakers or Clippers sign him lol.

      • Curtisrowe

        It isn’t really “hating” to call someone out who retired because of his religious beliefs then changed that up a few months later. It’s busting on someone because they did something dumb.

    • amk3510

      By retiring he lost an opportunity to get 10 million a season. Way to make nonsense up.

      • SheaGoodbye

        And he didn’t realize this BEFORE making his announcement only months earlier?

        Is that you, Collison?

        • amk3510

          Dude what on earth are you talking about? Everyone knew this before and this site even said on his retirement article he is giving up potential 12 million a year offers to do so. Who cares if he wants to go to an LA team. He forfeited a big contract to do so.

          • SheaGoodbye

            Yes, and that’s exactly why you don’t retire to do God’s work, then say “Oops. I guess money is more important to me. How could I have possibly known?”

            You just come across as looking silly because if that was indeed the case, he should’ve never retired in the first place. It’s not rocket science. He knew he was leaving big money on the table, told himself that was fine, then only months later realized what was truly important to him.

            • greenbowlpacker

              Why are you so harsh. I see it as he took time to step back from NBA and give time to his faith. He paid a steep price for that time. He may have missed game more than he thought. He could have project that needs money. He obviously still involved off court in LA. I don’t see why the harsh criticism of his choices. It’s his life. Plus never officially retired.

              • SheaGoodbye

                Harsh? I never said it was a big deal, although obviously I do judge him for it a little bit. It’s called having an opinion.

                Never said he was a bad dude. Never said he should stay out of the game. Just that to return so soon after pivoting to his faith isn’t a great look, and that money shouldn’t have been a factor for a change of heart if he thought his original decision through more carefully. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t.

                But who cares? He’s rich and I’m not. And he seems like a good dude. Lord knows most people would’ve never stepped away from the game to do what he did to begin with, so he deserves credit for that. In the end, it’s not a big deal either way.

    • Curtisrowe

      I want to spread my religious beliefs Or ride a coattail to a championship. I can’t decide.

  3. hiflew

    Since he doesn’t want t leave Southern California, does that mean he is unavailable for road games?

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