Darren Collison texted Matt Barnes that he’s ’50/50′ on NBA return
10-year veteran Darren Collison is still indecisive on returning back to the NBA. According to Matt Barnes, Collison is still ’50/50′ and wants to talk about it with his family and agent.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 7, 2020
Collison unexpectedly retired from the NBA last summer to focus on his family and faith. He was drafted out of UCLA in 2009 and played for five different teams. The 32-year-old point guard averaged 12.5 PPG and 5.0 assists per game over his career.
Collison has been rumored to either join the Los Angeles Lakers or the Los Angeles Clippers if he decides to come out of retirement. However, Kevin O’Connor has noted that Lakers have remained favorites to sign him.
The Lakers are in need to acquire a second ball-handler and playmaker off the bench. Signing Collison would provide just that.
On the other hand, the Clippers recently traded for guard Isaiah Thomas. However, the Clippers plan to release Thomas, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com. This move could potentially mean they have hopes of signing Darren Collison in the near future if he decides to come out of retirement.
The Lakers and Clippers are both favorites to win the championship this season. Adding Collison to their rosters would only solidify their chances of winning the championship. Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting to see what Collison plans to do this season.
Collison last played for the Indiana Pacers in the 2018-2019 season. In 76 games, he averaged 11.2 points, 6 boards, 3.1 assists, and 1.4 steals in 28.2 minutes. He shot 46.7 percent from the floor, 40.7 percent from three-point range and 83.2 percent from the free-throw line.