Collison announced Thursday that he is retiring from professional basketball, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.
Collison just wrapped up his 14th NBA season, all of which came with the Seattle/Oklahoma City franchise, but he became nothing more than a veteran presence for the team over his last two seasons, appearing in just 35 total games. Collison finishes his NBA career having played the third most games in franchise history and accumulated 4,701 rebounds, which is the fourth most Seattle/Oklahoma City history.
Collison played just under seven minutes in his only appearance this preseason.
Collison saw significant decreases across the board -- averaging just 6.4 minutes over 20 games -- a season ago. The departure of last season's backup center Enes Kanter leaves that role open, however the Thunder signed third-year center Dakari Johnson to a two-year, guaranteed deal this offseason. This, paired with Collison's sharp decrease in playing time over the past two seasons, makes it unlikely for Collison to see a significantly increased role this season.
Collison signed a one-year deal Friday with the Thunder, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Collison has spent his entire 15-year career with the Thunder franchise, and it appears the 2017-18 season will be his last. It's assumed that his contract is for the veteran minimum, as Collison's role on the court has diminished over the past couple of seasons, but the Thunder no doubt see the power forward as an important veteran presence on the team.
Collison (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 126-121 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Collison hasn't played in any of the Thunder's games since Feb. 11, and has made all of 14 appearances on the season while averaging a career-low 5.8 minutes per game. It's looking like it could be the end of the line for the 36-year-old, who will become a free agent this summer.
Collison played 11 minutes in Friday's 114-102 win over the Grizzlies, recording two points (2-4 FT), three rebounds and one assist.
Collison saw some surprising run in a game that wasn't decided until the fourth quarter, with the 11 minutes marking his second most of the season. The Thunder have a void in the rotation for a 10th man with Enes Kanter (forearm) likely out for a month or longer, and Collison could end up settling into that role after Kyle Singler flopped when given the first crack at those duties.
Collison (coach's decision) didn't play in Monday's 109-94 win over the Bulls.
Collison has only made one appearance in the Thunder's past 11 games and doesn't look on track to reenter coach Billy Donovan's rotation in the near future. The 36-year-old's main role will come as a mentor for the team's younger players in what could be the final season of his NBA career.
Collison logged eight minutes in Tuesday's 114-95 loss to the Trail Blazers, providing no points, three rebounds and one assist.
It was Collison's first appearance since Nov. 16, as the Thunder's blowout loss allowed some of the team's deep bench options to get some rare run. At this stage in his career, Collison is little more than a positive presence in the locker room, with coach Billy Donovan not depending on him for much on-court contributions.
Collison (coach's decision) didn't play in Monday's 97-85 win over the Thunder.
Collison remains an important veteran voice in the locker room, but he's not going to be a member of coach Billy Donovan's rotation in most games. He's appeared in just one of the Thunder's first seven contests.
Collison played one minute and didn't accrue any statistics in Wednesday's 95-91 win over the Spurs in Game 5 of the series.
Aside from a 19-minute appearance in Game 1 when the Thunder were blown out, Collison has logged only five combined minutes over the other four games of the series. He'll likely struggle to see the court in competitive contests unless frontcourt starters Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka succumb to foul trouble.
Collison (chest) will be available for Game 2 against Dallas on Monday, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
Collison saw spattered minutes throughout the regular season and it's possible that he'll even struggle to leave the bench throughout the playoffs. Although, the veteran was able to play eight minutes off the bench in Game 1 during the 108-70 blowout.
Collison is dealing with a chest injury, but is likely going to be available for Game 2 against the Mavericks on Monday, Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman reports.
Collison suffered the chest injury during Saturday's playoff opener and continues to deal with some lingering soreness. Coach Billy Donovan said he's "optimistic" about Collison's opportunity to be available, so it appears likely he'll be cleared to play. Even if cleared, Collison likely won't see a ton of time on the court considering he's seen over 12 minutes in just one of his last six games.
Collison scored six points (3-4 FG) to go with nine rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 30 minutes during the Thunder's 102-98 overtime loss to the Spurs on Tuesday.
Collison drew the start in place of the resting Serge Ibaka for Tuesday's season finale. Collison hadn't even seen 20 minutes or more since back on Jan. 22, and the 35-year-old veteran is unlikely to receive much playing time in the playoffs.
Collison is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Spurs, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
The veteran big man will be making just his fourth start of the season Tuesday as the Thunder rest some key players with the playoffs approaching. Collison has only averaged 17 minutes in those three starts, but that number figures to increase Tuesday with Oklahoma City only having him, Enes Kanter, Steven Adams, and Nazr Mohammed available in the front court.
Collison collected five rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 14 minutes during the Thunder's 128-94 victory versus the Trail Blazers on Monday.
After receiving no playing time during the first four games of March, Collison has now appeared in three straight. He averaged 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in eight minutes per game during nine February affairs, and over these last three contests, Collison is contributing one point, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists across 13 minutes per matchup.
Collison finished with two points (1-1 FG) and three rebounds over 13 minutes during Thursday's victory over the Pelicans.
Collison remains buried on the Thunder's frontcourt depth chart, with guys like Serge Ibaka, Enes Kanter and Steven Adams dominating the minutes. Collison is averaging just 12 minutes per game this season, which likely isn't going to increase unless an injury occurs higher up in the depth chart. The 11-year pro will remain a deep reserve for the Thunder and appears more valuable for his veteran leadership as the push towards the playoffs approach in the second half of the season.
Collison will start in Sunday's matchup with Brooklyn, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com reports.
Collison will be filling in for an injured Steven Adams (elbow) for the second straight game. IN his last start Collison saw 21 minutes, nearly double his season average of 12.4 minutes per game. He'll likely see increased minutes once again on Sunday.
Collison contributed six points (1-2 FG, 4-6 FT) and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes during the Thunder's 109-106 win over the Mavericks on Friday.
Collison started in place of the injured Steven Adams (elbow), and the veteran big man played extremely well. His 21 minutes were his highest total since Dec. 16 versus the Trail Blazers, but if Adams is forced to miss more time, Collison could be called upon to start a couple more games. Nevertheless, he is averaging just two points and three rebounds in 12 minutes per contest this season, so there are more than likely much better options out there.
Collison will draw the last minute start Friday, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Collison replaces Steven Adams in the starting lineup after he was scratched at the last minute. Collison did not play due to a coaches decision in the Thunder's previous game. Due to lack of playing time recently his production will be hard to predict. The severity of Adams' injury is unclear, so this may be a one time deal for Collison to get bigger minutes.
Collison (coach's decision) didn't play in Wednesday's 109-95 victory over the Hornets.
Collison has been phased out of coach Billy Donovan's rotation of late with Kyle Singler and Mitch McGary showing improvement after lackluster efforts earlier this season. The veteran big man has played in only two of the team's last five games, logging 11 total minutes.
Collison is averaging 2.2 points (on 43.8 percent shooting), three rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 13.2 minutes across nine contests in December.
Collison went unused off the bench in one of the Thunder's 10 games this month, but has otherwise been a fixture in coach Billy Donovan's rotation, albeit in a low-usage role. The veteran's reliability has been welcome with Kyle Singler struggling with his shot for much of the season, but Collison is more likely to see his role shrink rather than grow in the months to come.
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