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Veteran NBA Point Guard Announces He's Retiring At 31

A general view of the Indiana Pacers arena.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 28: A general interior view of the arena during pregame festivities between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 28, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

NBA free agency is set to begin in less than 48 hours and there's bound to be plenty of surprising news this weekend. Shockingly, the biggest surprise of the weekend appears to have come from Darren Collison.

Collison, 31, was set to hit free agency and potentially secure a contract worth north of $10 million/season. Instead, he's opted to retire.

The veteran point guard told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that he's decided to call it a career.

"While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith. I am one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched.

With that being said, I have decided to retire from the NBA," he said.

Collison, who starred collegiately at UCLA, played in the NBA from 2009-19. He was a first-team All-Rookie in 2010 and had arguably his best season in 2015, averaging 16.1 points, 5.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game.

The veteran point guard was expected to draw interest from several teams in free agency, which officially begins on Sunday at 6 p.m. E.T.

"To all of you, I would like to say thank you for the countless years of support. Thank you for respecting my decision," Collison said.