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Darren Collison | Guard

Team: Sacramento Kings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 175
College: UCLA
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Darren Collison signs three-year, $16 million deal for the mid-level exception with the Kings.
This deal has been roundly criticized around the league because it highlighted the front office's curious lack of appreciation for previous starter Isaiah Thomas, who is much better than Collison in just about every facet of the game. The controversy has also been fueled by the team pinning its overall problems with passing and defense onto Thomas, particularly when he shouldered so much load last year and was their best community guy -- while the city struggled to convince locals to finance a new arena that ultimately kept the team in town. Collison has said that the Kings are going to give him the keys to the team, so we expect him to start, but Ray McCallum could push him for playing time. Jul 12 - 6:16 PM

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Sacramento Kings sign G Darren Collison.

The terms of the deal are a full mid-level exception for 3 years and $16 million, according to Clippers beat writer Brad Turner. The 26-year-old averaged 11.4 points, 0.9 three-pointers, 2.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.2 steals in his only season with the Clippers and had a productive mid-season stretch when Chris Paul was injured during which he averaged over six assists per game. It will be interesting to see how this move affects restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas, but Collison reportedly signed with the impression that he'll be the starter and could prove to be an interesting mid-draft target if that comes to fruition.
Jul 3 - 11:49 AM

The Clippers placed a call to Darren Collison on Tuesday morning.

Coach Doc Rivers hinted that signing Collison was one of the team's priorities. He opted out of his deal last month and is an unrestricted free agent, so Collison could get a look from other teams. The call from the Clippers was believed to be a "cursory call" and no deal is imminent.
Jul 1 - 9:51 AM

Clippers coach and president Doc Rivers implied that re-signing Darren Collison is his top priority in free agency.

Rivers couldn't name Collison due to tampering rules, but he left no doubt about his meaning. "You know our first guy, I'll be honest, is one of our guys that opted out," Rivers said. "He's a little guy. That's very important for us." The Clippers are also eager to upgrade their SF position, and they may give precedence to chasing Trevor Ariza or even Carmelo Anthony, but it won't take long for them to make Collison a contract offer.
Source: L.A. Times
Jun 29 - 10:58 PM

Darren Collison will opt out of the second year of his two-year deal, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.com.

There were some other smaller reports that he will opt in, but majority of the reports say he's opting out and will become an unrestricted free agent. Collison was terrific after the break last season, averaging 14.2 points, 3.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 triples on 47.1 percent from the field. He was a flop as a starter with the Pacers and Mavericks earlier in his career, but he might get a chance to start somewhere else.
Jun 19 - 10:47 PM

Clippers backup point guard Darren Collison will reportedly opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Collison has proven to be a quality back up NBA point guard, but hasn't had as much success as a starter. Collison will "definitely" opt out, according to a source, and could realistically land on any NBA roster, but there's also a good chance he could end up returning to the Clippers, where he flourished as CP3's back up.
Source: CSN NW
May 29 - 12:58 AM

Darren Collison caught fire in the fourth quarter of Sunday's exhilarating comeback victory, finishing Game 4 with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds, one assist and zero turnovers.

DC was scoreless in Friday's loss but he bounced back in style, making 4-of-6 shots in the final frame with four of his attempts coming at the rim. The fifth-year guard's production has plummeted in the playoffs, as he's averaging only 8.5 points on 36.8 percent shooting, so hopefully Sunday's gem will mark the beginning of an upswing.
May 11 - 6:38 PM

Darren Collison moved back to the bench against the Lakers on Sunday, finishing with 14 points, two boards, six assists, two steals and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

His minutes were a little higher than expected due to garbage time, but he's certainly going to be looking at solid minutes the rest of the way with Jamal Crawford (calf) likely out for the year. Collison should be viewed as a fringe player to own in standard leagues only because the Clippers have just four games left in the rest of the season.
Apr 6 - 6:39 PM

Darren Collison will move back to the bench for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers with J.J. Redick back in the starting lineup.

He's done nothing wrong with fantastic play over the past couple months, but it makes a lot of sense to move him back to the bench. The Clippers will need a point guard in their second unit and also a guy who can sustain a high usage rate due to Jamal Crawford (calf) and Danny Granger likely out for the regular season. Collison's value does take a hit and his schedule is not very good the rest of the way, so his owners might need to figure out when they're going to use him. To be clear, he has solid value on a per-game basis.
Apr 6 - 1:52 PM

Darren Collison scored 22 points vs. his former team during Thursday's loss to the Mavericks with two boards, one assist and three steals in 38 minutes.

He is really filling it up with at least 22 points in three consecutive games, which is the first time he's scored more than 20 in three straight since his rookie year back in 2010. Collison should still get minutes in the mid-30s even with J.J. Redick back, so he's worth owning in standard leagues.
Apr 4 - 1:53 AM

Darren Collison excelled in the starting lineup against the Suns on Wednesday during a big 112-108 road win, scoring 23 points with three boards, five assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

He shot 9-of-16 from the field and made all three attempts from the line to make this an eight-category line. Jamal Crawford has already been ruled out for Thursday, so Collison owners can get him going again vs. the Mavericks. J.J. Redick (back) probably won't be back to 100 percent.
Apr 3 - 2:32 AM

Darren Collison scored 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 8-of-8 FTs) with three rebounds, seven assists and one steal in Monday's win over the Wolves.

Collison also had six turnovers against the Wolves' giving defense but who cares when he's putting up numbers like this. Just keep riding him until the wheels fall off, if they fall off.
Apr 1 - 1:18 AM

Darren Collison hit three 3-pointers vs. the Mavericks on Thursday on his way to 11 points with one board, two assists and two turnovers in 25 minutes.

His minutes have still held up with Jamal Crawford back, averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.0 triples on 54.2 percent from the field in his three previous games with Crawford. Collison ranks second among qualifying point guards in field goal percentage on the season and should at least hold value until J.J. Redick (back) returns, which figures to until at least Apr. 3.
Mar 27 - 11:23 PM

Darren Collison started once again and scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including three treys) with two rebounds, six assists and a block over 34 minutes on Monday against the Bucks.

Collison did very well to produce with Jamal Crawford (13 points, five assists, 27 minutes) back in the fold, but with J.J. Redick returning seemingly any time it's going to be a tough road to hoe. Forward-looking owners may want to cut bait if they have their eyes on a hot free agent.
Mar 25 - 2:15 AM

Darren Collison (illness) is expected to start Saturday even if Jamal Crawford (calf) returns.

It's getting crowded at the two-guard spot in Doc Rivers' rotation again. J.J. Redick (back) has also resumed practicing and could be activated sometime in the next 1-2 weeks. Crawford will be eased back in slowly, but it's worth noting that he was starting ahead of Collison before his injury. For Saturday, we'd still project the most production out of Collison -- but it's going to be hairy going forward.
Mar 21 - 12:14 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Darren Collison
2Ray McCallum
SG1Ben McLemore
2Nik Stauskas
3Jason Terry
SF1Rudy Gay
2Travis Outlaw
3Quincy Acy
PF1Carl Landry
2Reggie Evans
3Derrick Williams
4Alex Oriakhi
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Jason Thompson