The Clippers could be in the market for a backup point guard.
They got solid play out of Darren Collison — particularly the 35 games he started with Chris Paul out — but he has decided to opt out of the last year of his deal for just less than $2 million, reports Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com. This confirms what Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reported several weeks ago.
Collison will look at the free agent market but would prefer to re-sign with the Clippers, according to the report.
Collison averaged 11.4 points a game, had a 57.5% true shooting percentage and played well pretty much all season.
Collison is not going to get a huge raise, but what he can likely get at age 26 is the security of multiple years.
He will be on the free agent market with a number of other point guards. The biggest names are Eric Bledsoe (restricted) and Kyle Lowry, but Collison will be more in the mix with Isaiah Thomas (restricted), Shaun Livingston, Patty Mills, Mario Chalmers and Steve Blake.
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Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
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