Per Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Clippers free agent point guard is taking his talents to Sacramento in a three-year deal.
Free agent guard Darren Collison agrees to 3 year, $16 milion deal with Sacramento, sources, leaving the Clippers.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 3, 2014
Upon agreeing to his latest deal, Collison made it known he wasn’t too high on the Clippers priority list in free agency.
“I was a priority for them to sign, but I wasn’t the top priority,” said Collison. “And that’s understandable.”
Since free agency began, the Clippers have made their intentions known as the search for a starting small forward continues. So far the organization has been linked to LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Luol Deng, Trevor Ariza, and Paul Pierce. This search came between Collison re-signing with the Clippers.
“Once I understood that the Clippers had other plans, as far as trying to sign a wing player first, then I knew that the Kings were the next best option. It wasn’t something that was in my back pocket.”
With Isaiah Thomas‘ future up in the air in Sacramento–he’s currently a restricted free agent–Collison could well be the starting point guard in Sacramento come November.
“I liked their vision for me,” he said. “…Sacramento is giving me the keys to help this team and try to turn it around.”
Alongside Nik Stauskus, Rudy Gay, and Demarcus Cousins, Collison isn’t the best fit nor is he a better fit than Thomas was with the core last year, but if he’s able to carry over his play from last season, he should mesh well with the starting unit. Collison averaged 14.8 points and 5.3 assists in 35 games as a starter when Chris Paul sat with a shoulder injury.
With Collison out of the picture, the Clippers now have to fill the reserve point guard position. There’s no deeper position in the NBA than the point guard meaning it shouldn’t be a tough task to fulfill, and while Collison had an astounding season with Los Angeles last season, there are several options on the free agent market that could make Collison’s absence well forgotten.
The franchise could use either their taxpayer’s mid-level exception or bi-annual exception to fill the void.