NORTH NATOMAS — The Sacramento Kings made their first move since the free-agent period opened July 1 by agreeing to sign former Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Darren Collison to a reportedly three-year deal worth $16 million.
According to the Los Angeles Times, all three years of the deal is expected to be guaranteed. The former UCLA standout opted off his contract with the Clippers that would have paid him about $2 million. Collison only played with the Clippers for season after stops in New Orleans, Indiana, and Dallas.
“The Kings were the most aggressive team by far in the free agency, and I respected that on all levels,” Collison told The L.A Times. “Of course, I was trying to make it work with the Clippers and tried to re-sign with them. But I didn’t think they really made me their first priority like the Kings did.”
Collison is a capable backup point guard who can fill in as a starter for the Kings. A defensive force as well, Collison is also a pass first playmaker, which makes his signing a significant one for Kings coach Michael Malone’s offense.
By Antonio Harvey
OBSERVER Staff Writer