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Report: Darren Collison Agrees to Deal with Sacramento Kings

Darren Collison

Guard Darren Collison, who opted out of the final year of his contract worth just under $2 million to test free agency, has agreed to terms with the Sacramento Kings. First reported by L.A. Times beat writer Brad Turner, the deal is worth $16 million over three years. 

Collison averaged 11.4 points per game last season, along with a true shooting percentage of nearly 58 percent. He was more than a serviceable backup, playing a key role in the Los Angeles Clippers post season run. 

“You know our first guy, I’ll be honest, is one of our guys that opted out,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said discretely last week when asked about the team’s offseason priorities. “He’s a little guy. That’s very important for us.”

The deal with the Kings is fully guaranteed, with Collison getting Sacramento’s mid-level exception. 

For the Clippers, losing Collison is fairly substantial. He’s exactly the type of backup guard the Clippers need, leading the second unit and providing more than necessary insurance in case Chris Paul misses an extended period of time due to injury.

For the Kings, the move makes some sense. It has the appearance of more of a lateral move than anything substantial. They have never seemed too sure about Isaiah Thomas as their starting point guard and this move indicates Thomas is on his way out. 

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Rohit Ghosh

LA Clippers beat writer
Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.