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NBA Rumors: Clippers’ Darren Collison To Opt Out; Test Free Agency

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With all the uncertainty surrounding the immediate future of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise, the players on the current roster have been put in a tough position heading into the off-season.

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Although the majority of the players on squad are under contract for next season, Darren Collison is one of the few with an option to get out of his deal in order to test free agency. The former UCLA standout will be opting out, according to Chris Haynnes of CSNNW.com:

Darren Collison of the Los Angeles Clippers will forgo the second year of his contract that would have paid him $1.9 million to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, a league source informed CSNNW.com….

The source’s response to our inquire was, “Darren is definitely opting out.”

With the Los Angeles Lakers potentially looking for help at the point guard position, the team could show some interest in Collison. The soon-to-be 27-year-old has bounced around quite a bit since being drafted out of UCLA back in 2009, but has been a solid contributor for all four teams he’s played for in the last five seasons.

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In a backup role behind superstar Chris Paul, Collison averaged 11.4 points, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc. Although it is yet to be determined what the market will be for Collison, the former Bruin will definitely receive some interest from teams around the league looking to bolster their backcourt.

Collison may not be a great defender, but the veteran point guard will likely find a new home this summer if the Clippers aren’t willing to pay his asking price.
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  • Lakers Rebuilding

    if they can get him for the right price the lakers should definitely try and get him. he could be a solid role player along with swaggy p coming off the bench so they should sign him for a 2 year 8 million dollar deal (second year being a team option) and bring some other guys like deng or ariza maybe gortat or Monroe if the price isn’t too high.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      that is too much money for a second unit pg…. better go after Lowry, if we are not drafting Smart…or trade pick for Irving, then go hard for Deng/Ariza and Gortat…

      Lakers next season:
      C- Gortat
      PF Hill
      SF Deng
      SG Kobe
      PG Irving

      Bench: FArmar, Bazemore, Henry. Kelly. Sacre
      Coach: Hollins

      • comrade24

        agree completely! pretty best case scenario but it would put us in the mix for the west i think. at least in playoff contention. who knows, the west is tough. with 50 win teams missing the playoffs, it’s going to be an interesting ride the next few seasons.

  • Phew

    Sooooo what would peebs coments be om this roster:

    Pg: Lowry
    SG: kobe
    SF: Hayward
    PF: Aaron Gordon
    C: gasol or Monroe

    Backup:
    Nick young
    Marshall
    Hill
    Farmar
    Nash
    Sacre
    Kelly Ryan
    Basemore
    Other?

    What do you sat? Realistic/far off?
    Contenders/Pretenders?

    • Julius

      Lottery team pretenders imo.

      This is the real way Lakers gotta go.Legit team below.

      PG Darren Collinson
      SG Kobe
      SF Carmelo Anthony
      PF Julius Randle
      C Marcin Gortat

      • VillainKing

        Carmelo Anthony on the Lakers..No way..!!and Randle also No way.!. I approve in Marcus Smart for the Lakers!!!

        • comrade24

          i agree. He would be the point guard of the future. Hopefully he can improve his shooting. Unless Kyrie is somehow available for the 7th pick, this is the way to go.

          • VillainKing

            Kobe Bryant as a mentor of Marcus Smart sure he can improve his shot..The defense of this guy is insane and very impressive…

    • VillainKing

      Monroe, Lowry and Hayward Lakers cannot afford the three of them and Lowry will sign again in Toronto..

    • Gregory Gaylen

      Utah’s Hayward? Your roster looks a million times better than that slop that was on the floor last season. Would like the Lakers to pick up C-Gortat, if possible. He plays hard, is productive, brings energy.

    • comrade24

      Gordon is weak. Undersized for the 4 position (Blake Griffin and Kevin Love would eat his lunch) and not a good enough shooter to play the 3. He’s a lottery bust. Good thing it doesn’t seem like the FO is too interested in him.

  • Stanley

    Darren Collinson come to the Lakers bruh.

  • J Taylor

    Pass. Why pick up ANOTHER backup PG?

    Why would you want to overpay to sign a guy who has proven he can’t be a starter, make him a starter, and still need to find an upgrade.
    - Compare Fisher’s stats to Collison… frighteningly similar esp. if you give him starters minutes. ….
    - Resign Blake…. close to the same contribution if a starter…

    • Jason

      Collison was a starter with the Indiana Pacers. Farmar was hurt a lot last season. Lakers need healthy bodies…

  • Derek Clark

    No sense not trying for him.

    However, as a starter, Steve Blake would be a better option.

  • comrade24

    yeah, no thanks. the Clippers take OUR leftovers, not the other way around. (Barnes, Odom, Turiaf etc…)

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