CSN Northwest reports that Clippers guard Darren Collison will opt out of the final year of his contract and enter free agency this summer.
Darren Collison of the Los Angeles Clippers will forgo the second year of his contract that would have paid him $1.9 million to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, a league source informed CSNNW.com.
Collison, 26, signed a two-year, $3.9 million deal with the Clippers last offseason, which is an extreme hometown discount the Southern California native agreed to. The second year was a player-option.
Collison averaged 11.4 and 3.7 assists per game this season for the Clippers. He signed with the Clippers mostly to play behind Chris Paul. The move is kind of a surprise, given how low his value was when he signed with LA and the fact that he didn't have a stellar season.
Collison had his moments in the playoffs, but he also needs to play with Chris Paul. This team is the best fit for him. And even if he wants to return, opting out risks the Clippers finding a better replacement. The Clippers' draft position is in perfect range of a quality point guard near the end of the first round. And Collison had moments, but didn't look like the backup of the future for the team, either. Especially when they need a wing upgrade.