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.
Collison announced Friday via a personal essay posted on The Undefeated that he intends to retire from professional basketball and focus his efforts on aiding the less fortunate through his Jehovah's Witnesses faith.
This decision is relatively surprising, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN relays that the 31-yearpold point guard was set to fetch an estimated 10-to-$12 million annual salary as a free agent this summer. Collison opened his career with the Hornets in 2009-10 and has gone on to suit up with the Mavericks, Clippers, Kings and Pacers over his 708 career games. Assuming he stays committed to retiring, he'll walk away with averages of 12.5 points, 5.0 assists and 1.2 steals across 29.4 minutes per game. The Pacers, meanwhile, will be in the market for a new point guard this summer, with impending free agent Ricky Rubio among the names who has been linked to Indiana.
Collison totaled 19 points (5-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 33 minutes during Sunday's 110-106 loss to the Celtics.
Collison dropped 19 points in Sunday's Game 4 loss, rounding out his season with a nice all-around performance. Collison, along with a number of other players, was forced into a more sizeable role when Victor Oladipo was lost for the season. He finished with season averages of 6.0 assists and 1.4 steals while also shooting efficiently from both the field and the free-throw line. He is not getting any younger and could be a point-guard to target in the later rounds of next seasons drafts with Oladipo a chance to miss the beginning of the season.
Collison (groin) will play in Sunday's matchup against Brooklyn, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.
After missing the last three games with a groin injury, Collison returns to the starting lineup Sunday. News of a minutes restriction has not surfaced yet but coach Nate McMillan plans on playing just 10 Pacers on Sunday so Collision may be in-line for his usual workload.
Collison (groin) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Nets.
Collison has missed the past three games due to a sore groin. If he's out again Sunday, expect Cory Joseph to draw another start.
Collison (groin) is out Friday against the Celtics, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
As expected, Collison will miss a third straight game. Cory Joseph will start in his place.
Collison (groin) is doubtful for Friday's contest against the Celtics.
It may still come down to a game-time call for the point guard, but it would be a surprise if he played. Cory Joseph figures to draw the start if Collison is ultimately ruled out.
Collison (groin) will be a game-time decision Friday against the Celtics.
Collison went through Thursday's practice, which is an encouraging sign for his potential availability. He's been out over the past two games, which has prompted Cory Joseph to start at point guard.
Collison (groin) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.
This will be Collison's second straight game on the sideline since this groin injury was uncovered, and the details surrounding it remain unclear. With just four games left and the Pacers essentially locked into a first-round matchup with the Celtics, however, the team likely won't rush its starting point guard back to the floor. Cory Joseph should again get the start at point guard in Collison's absence.
Collison will not play Monday against the Pistons due to a groin injury.
This is the first we've heard of the injury, which Collison apparently suffered during Saturday's narrow loss to the Magic. With Wes Matthews (hamstring) also ruled out Monday, the Pacers will likely turn to Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans for increased minutes, while Aaron Holiday could also re-enter the rotation.
Collison collected 24 points (10-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), nine assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 33 minutes during Saturday's 121-116 loss to the Magic.
Collison was extremely efficient offensively, amassing at least 20 points for the seventh time through 74 appearances this season. With the Pacers still in contention for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, Collison and the rest of the regulars should be expected to maintain their usual roles across the final five regular season games.
Collison will be back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, Jeremiah Johnson of Fox Sports Indiana reports.
Collison had missed the previous three games with a quad bruise, but he was able to go through shootaround in the morning, and he'll reclaim his usual spot in the starting backcourt. The veteran's return will likely send Cory Joseph back to the bench.
Collison will start Wednesday's game against the Thunder, Jeremiah Johnson of Fox Sports Indiana reports.
Collison is returning from a three game absence due to a bruised right quad and will reportedly start versus the Thunder on Wednesday. Corey Joseph, who started in Collison's place the last three outings, will return to the backup role for the time being.
Collison (quad) participated in Tuesday's practice and is expected to play in Wednesday's game against Oklahoma City, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Collison has missed the last three games with a right quad bruise, but it looks like he is on track to play after logging a full practice Tuesday. Should Collison officially return as the Pacers' starting point guard, Cory Joesph would return back to his role off the bench.
Collison (quad) will not play Sunday against the Nuggets, J. Michael of the Indy Star reports.
Collison was questionable coming in, and he'll be held out for a third straight game while nursing a bruised right quad. Cory Joseph will make another starter at point guard in his place.
Collison (quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Nuggets.
Collison has already missed the last two games with a bruised right quad, but there's hope that he'll be able to return to the lineup Saturday. The Pacers will wait until shootaround to give him a final evaluation, but if he is, indeed, cleared, he'd likely take back the starting point guard spot from Cory Joseph.
Collison (quad) will not play Thursday against Golden State, J. Michael of the Indy Star reports.
Collison come into the day questionable, and he'll ultimately miss a second straight game while he nurses a bruised right quad. Expect Cory Joseph to make another start in the veteran's place.
Collison (quad) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Warriors.
Collison was held out of Tuesday's loss to the Clippers due to a right quad contusion. He'll likely end up being a game-time call Thursday, but if he is unable to play, Cory Joseph will draw his second straight start at point guard.
Collison (quad) is out Tuesday against the Clippers, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
As expected, Collison will sit out Tuesday's game. In his place, Cory Joseph will draw the start.