Kings reach agreement on three-year deal with Darren Collison
07/03/2014 9:14 AM
07/03/2014 10:33 AM
The Kings finally have the point guard they’ve looked to add to the backcourt this offseason.
Darren Collison has agreed to a deal for Sacramento’s full mid-level exception at three years and $16 million.
Collison made $1.9 million last season.
Collison (6-0, 175) averaged 11.4 points and 3.7 assists as Chris Paul’s backup for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. Collison started 35 games last season.
DC cont: "But I didn’t think they really made me their first priority like the Kings did."— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 3, 2014
Darren Collison said he hopes to compete for starting job with Kings. He was a backup to Chris Paul with Clippers— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 3, 2014
Collison was a first-round draft pick of New Orleans in 2009 out of UCLA and has played for Indiana and Dallas.
The Kings’ starting point guard, Isaiah Thomas, is a restricted free agent. Thomas reportedly already has a three-year, $24 million offer from Detroit. The Kings were looking to pay Thomas closer to $6 million per season.
The Kings would also prefer Thomas come off the bench but Thomas is in line to be paid like a starter.
Thomas averaged career highs of 20.3 points and 6.3 assists last season, but it’s been known the Kings have been looking for a point guard who would improve the team’s passing and perimeter defense.
The team looked to make a deal for a second draft pick to draft Elfrid Payton, but not getting the pick made a point guard priority in free agency.
The Kings could still match any offer sheets for Thomas, possibly bringing him back to compete with Collison or return a sixth-man role. A sign-and-trade is also a possibility.
Collison has started 254 of 376 possible games. He has career averages of 11.9 points and 4.9 assists.
About This BlogJason Jones, who joined The Sacramento Bee in 2002, has covered the Kings since 2008. Jones, a UC Berkeley graduate, also has covered high school sports, the Oakland Raiders and the Sacramento Monarchs for The Bee. Contact him at email@example.com. Twitter: @mr_jasonjones
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