Darren Collison To Decide Future Next Week

Free agent point guard Darren Collison will meet with his agent, Bill Duffy, early next week to decide whether to come out of retirement, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. If Collison chooses to play, Duffy will set up meetings with the Lakers and Clippers, Wojnarowski said.

Collison lives in southern California and was spotted sitting next to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss at Thursday’s game against the Rockets.

Collison averaged 11.2 PPG and 6.0 APG for Indiana last season. He’s averaged 12.5 PPG and 5.0 APG in 29.4 MPG over 708 career regular-season games.

Collison chose to retire over the summer in order to devote more time to his Jehovah’s Witness ministry and spend more time with his family. He was also working with Pro’s Vision, a training company that works primarily with young athletes.

The Lakers have a crowd at point guard, though no standout. That group includes Alex CarusoRajon Rondo and Avery Bradley. Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams are the Clippers’ top point men.

Collison played two seasons under current Lakers coach Frank Vogel from 2010-12 with the Pacers.

The Lakers have been looking for a point guard upgrade and made inquiries prior to the trade deadline regarding the Thunder’s Dennis Schroder and the Pistons’ Derrick Rose, among others, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

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17 thoughts on “Darren Collison To Decide Future Next Week

  1. Please, Mr. Collision, when you decide the future, let my office lottery pool hit the big one.

  2. buddydeal

    Who does he think he is, Kawhi? Just pick a team bro, hit the gym and spare us all the drama.

  3. I can’t see who he’d be an upgrade over on the Lakers… Rondo most likely, as RR has basically disappeared in recent weeks but it could also be Quinn ‘mascot’ Cook. Bradley is their best guard defender and Caruso plays hard and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time so I’d assume they’re safe.

    • joemoes

      Looking at the roster three options some guy tucker who’s 19, Rondo, Kostas Antekuompo,

    • joemoes

      Rondo probably letting the collision talk get to him. Rondo isn’t known for being a club house guy

  4. Real 2K Insider

    Quick reminder that DeMarcus Cousins will be cut before any active Lakers player.

    • joemoes

      Lakers received a disabled player exception for him so can he be cut for a spot still? I figured that’s why they’ve kept him this long. Why not just cut him way before the season started especially since there was some offseason trouble accusations. I think he threatened to kill his baby mom.

      • Luke Adams

        He could be cut without impacting the DPE, so I imagine he’d be the first one to go if the Lakers sign a FA.

  5. lebuck

    I’m a laker fan so I clearly want him to join but he’s handling this exactly like a laker would and that’s not a compliment. Maximize the drama, stories, attention on yourself. Surprised this guy doesn’t announce to the world that he’s considering to take a dump and give a timeframe for when he will decide. He will fit right in

    • x%sure

      Ha. Other cynical takes are he’s gauging fan response, or waiting for a sign, or misses his name being bandied about at a time of making shifts.

      The Lakers, who missed Morris, may have to miss this too.

  6. El Don

    Lakers wouldn’t cut DMC, they want him for next season, if they cut him he won’t come back with them, so better cut a bunch of warm bodies from the bench than a useful guy like him.

  7. Lakers won’t get any buyouts period! They said we’re good enough! Walk the walk time!

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