Report: Nick Collison signing one-year deal with Thunder

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Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks), Tony Parker (Spurs), Manu Ginobili (Spurs), Udonis Haslem (Heat) and Nick Collison (SuperSonics/Thunder) are the only active players to have played more than 10 seasons all with the same team.

Collison isn’t leaving the club.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Collison has played just 13 years in the NBA [update: after spending his first year sidelined by injury]. It’s unclear whether Charania just got a number mixed up or whether Collison plans to play two more seasons.

Presumably, Collison will make the minimum, because, unless the Thunder are willing to hard-cap themselves, that’s the most they can offer and it’s because that’s the most Collison is worth. He’ll earn $2,328,652, though Oklahoma City will pay and be taxed at just $1,471,382. (The league covers the rest for veterans on one-year minimum deals.)

The 36-year-old Collison looked done last year, playing just 128 minutes in 20 games. At least he appears to be well-liked and a helpful veteran in the locker room.

At worst, injuries will press Collison into playing time that could have gone to someone who still possesses NBA athleticism. At best, he’ll sell Paul George on why he likes Oklahoma City so much.