RUMOR: Darren Collison discussed plans with Anthony Davis amid potential NBA return
The Los Angeles Lakers Lakers are interested in luring Darren Collison away from retirement, and it seems like they have taken a big step towards achieving that.
According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Collison had a talk with Lakers big man Anthony Davis regarding “his plans and how Los Angeles might fit into those.” While it has been previously reported that the former Indiana Pacers point guard is pondering between the two LA teams as possible destinations, the Purple and Gold franchise appear to be at an advantage.
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.
To recall, besides sitting next to Buss, Collison was also seen having dinner with Jeanie and Kurt Rambis.
Collison is expected to make a decision in the upcoming week, with reports previously revealing that he is still undecided to return to the NBA. However, if he does return and choose the Lakers, it will be a big boost to a franchise in dire need of playmaking.
The only real playmakers in the Lakers are LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, and a third facilitator will make the team more difficult to stop throughout the game. It should also help ease the burden on LeBron, who has been the primary ball-handler for the team.
Darren Collison had a couple of stops during his NBA career. Starting out with the New Orleans Hornets, he quickly built a reputation as a solid point guard with the Pacers. He also spent time with the Dallas Mavericks and the Sacramento Kings before returning to Indy and retiring.