After trading Eric Bledsoe to the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Clippers have brought in guard Darren Collison to fill the back-up point guard role. Here’s the scoop from USA Today and Yahoo! Sports:
Collison’s deal is for two years, with a player option in the second and the salary in his first season $1.9 million. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be formalized until the free agency moratorium lifts on July 10.
via Darren Collison reaches deal with Clippers | USA TODAY
PG Darren Collison gets 2-year deal with Clippers using portion of mid-level exception with players option in second season, source tells Y!
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While Collison will make a fine back-up behind Chris Paul, there’s a reason he’s on his fourth team entering his fifth year in the NBA. Last season with the Dallas Mavericks, Collison averaged 12 points and 5 assists last season, but due to his inconsistent play he lost his starting spot to 38 year old Mike James who wasn’t much of a player last season.
But now Collison returns to a role he’s played before: backing up Chris Paul. The two guards played with each other during Darren’s rookie campaign in 2009. A knee injury allowed Collison to start 37 games that season where he had his best statistical year to date averaging 12.4 points, 5.7 assists on 47 percent shooting. He also posted his career best PER of 16.5 that season.
Like all signings, this deal is only a verbal agreement. No one can officially sign with a team until after moratorium which ends July 10th.