While teams around the league are searching for help on the trading block, there is actually a serviceable guard that’s available on the open market. Darren Collison hasn’t played a game this season, but the 10-year veteran is eyeing a return to the hardwood.
Last season, Collison averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 assists per game for the Indiana Pacers. He’s still a valuable role player for any team in need of help in the backcourt.
Collison retired this past offseason, yet the former UCLA product kept the door open for a potential return. However, it appears there are only two teams on his radar.
According to NBA insider Sean Deveney, the Clippers and Lakers are the two preferred destinations for Collison. Both teams would allow him to stay close to home.
Source: Retired G Darren Collison will make his decision on returning after the All-Star break.
He's in shape, will be game-ready quickly.
He's not eager to leave Southern California.
It'll be a @Lakers – @LAClippers battle.
More on Collison @HeavySan:https://t.co/1MfSZ1KnLH
— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) February 4, 2020
Deveney is reporting that Collison won’t need much time to get in shape for actual games. After all, he’s less than a year removed from playing for the Pacers.
Since the Clippers and Lakers are battling it out for the top seed in the Western Conference, it’s possible that Collison’s decision greatly impacts the standings.
Collison would be relatively fresh for the playoffs if he signs with either Los Angeles team.
There’s no official timetable for when Collison will make his decision, but the likelihood is that it’ll come a little after the trade deadline.