The Lakers didn't re-sign Collison after his 10-day contract expired Monday, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports. Collison played double-digit minutes in each of his three appearances for the Lakers during his 10-day contract. However, now that the Lakers are only missing Anthony Davis and Kendrick Nunn due to knee injuries, the veteran point guard's services are no longer needed.
Collison amassed zero points (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt), two rebounds and one assist over 12 minutes during Saturday's 122-115 loss to the Nets. Collison joined the Lakers on Christmas Eve via a 10-day hardship contract, and he was thrown directly into the fire amid a handful of COVID-related absences. The veteran last played in the NBA in 2018-19 as a member of the Pacers, and he looked plenty rusty in his return to action. In the short term, the UCLA product could continue to see minutes off the bench, but there's not much fantasy upside here.
The Lakers are planning to sign Collison to a 10-day hardship contract and are hopeful he'll be available for Saturday's Christmas Day game against Brooklyn, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Collison initially announced his retirement following the 2018-2019 campaign and will be making a comeback to the NBA. The 34-year-old guard considered a return during the 2019-20 season and was speculated to be signing with either the Lakers or the Clippers but it never came to fruition. The Lakers currently have five players in protocols along with an additional two that're injured. They'll now bring in Collison to provide them with some added depth in the backcourt for the next 10 days.
Collison has decided not to return to the NBA this season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. For the last few weeks, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Collison would eventually sign with either the Clippers or the Lakers, but he's now decided to remain retired for the duration of the season. This isn't a massive blow to either team, but the Lakers, especially, could have used Collison's services as another ball-handler after they opted not to make any trades before Thursday's deadline.
Collison is considering a February return to the NBA, with the Lakers and Clippers being his two preferred destinations, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Collison surprisingly announced his retirement in late June, citing his desire to help the less fortunate through his Jehovah's Witnesses faith. However, it seems he has the itch to play again and is hoping to latch onto a contender. Considering the Lakers and Clippers both have relatively stable point guard rotations, it's not clear what sort of role Collison might hold if he signs with one of those organizations. However, his playmaking ability and three-point shooting ability could be enough to bump some competition out of the way.
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