Matt Barnes hints at potential disagreement between Doc Rivers, Darren Collison
Former NBA forward and current ESPN analyst Matt Barnes doesn’t think Darren Collison should sign with Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Collison is considering a February return to the NBA and the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers are emerging as his two preferred destinations.
Barnes, though, says when he and Collison were on the Clippers together, the guard and Rivers didn’t really get along:
Matt Barnes on Darren Collison potentially joining the Clippers – “I would hesitate going to the Clippers, one, because when we were there together, I don't know how well him and Doc got along. And two, with that second unit, with Darren, he's taking the ball out of Lou’s hands.” pic.twitter.com/lz7tK89XM3
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) January 2, 2020
Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is expected to miss several games after spraining his wrist against the Utah Jazz this past Saturday, so maybe LA will have interest in Collison despite his checkered past. The Lakers are said to be looking to upgrade their guard position, as Rajon Rondo has struggled this season.
With the Indiana Pacers last season, Collison averaged 11.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 76 games. He shot 46.7 percent from the field, 40.7 percent from beyond the arc and 83.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Collison, who played his college ball at UCLA, has career NBA averages of 12.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 708 games with the New Orleans Hornets, Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Clippers and Sacramento Kings.
The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference. They are 27-7. The Clippers, meanwhile, are in third place in the West. They are 24-11 and already 2-0 against the Lakers this season.