Darren Collison of the Los Angeles Clippers will forgo the second year of his contract that would have paid him $1.9 million to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, a league source informed CSNNW.com.
Collison, 26, signed a two-year, $3.9 million deal with the Clippers last offseason, which is an extreme hometown discount the Southern California native agreed to. The second year was a player-option.
The source’s response to our inquiry was, “Darren is definitely opting out.”
His electric, up-tempo style of play ignited the Clippers’ robust second unit on a nightly and he meshed extremely well with superstar point guard Chris Paul when head coach Doc Rivers elected to play a small backcourt.
The Clippers are very much Collison’s preferred team of choice due to the team’s unique bond that only drew them closer in the midst of the Donald Sterling recordings. However, we’re told he’s keeping his options open.
The 6-foot point guard appeared in 80 games this past season and averaged 11.4 points, 2.4 rebounds along with 3.7 assists in 25.9 minutes per game.