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Report: Darren Collison to opt out contract, will test free agency


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.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.