Last week, it appeared that point guard Darren Collison may be putting his retirement on hold. He was seen sitting courtside and having dinner with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, and had also been connected to the Clippers.
But ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski has an insight that could prove disappointing to both LA fanbases.
On Sunday, Woj reported that Collison has decided not to return to the NBA this season and will stay retired. Per the report, the Lakers and Clippers were both interested in signing him, but the ex-Pacers star appears to feel the timing isn’t right.
The former first-round pick out of UCLA is 32 years old and announced his retirement this past June. But when healthy, Collison has put up respectable numbers.
Veteran guard Darren Collison has decided that he won’t return to the NBA this season and plans to stay retired, league sources tell ESPN. Lakers and Clippers had been courting him, but Collison has informed teams that the timing isn’t right for him.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 9, 2020
Over 10 NBA seasons, Collison has averaged 12.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He helped the Pacers reached the playoffs in 2018 and 2019, averaging similar numbers in 11 games.
With both the Lakers and the Clippers seeking some adding depth at guard, Collison could be an upgrade off the bench.
But the wording of Woj’s report seems to indicate that Collison isn’t dead-set on staying retired.
Will we see Darren Collison back in the NBA before the end of the year, or even the end of the season?