Darren Collison has agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Clippers for the remaining Mid-Level Exception of approximately $1.9 million. The second year is a player option.
Darren Collison, I'm told, is going to the Clippers. Done deal. Two-year deal, player option in Year 2
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 7, 2013
The former UCLA Bruin was drafted in 2009 by the New Orleans Hornets and backed up Chris Paul for his rookie season, performing quite admirably during Paul’s stint on the sideline from injury. He spent two seasons in Indiana before a somewhat anticlimactic year in Dallas.
No doubt, the opportunity to recharge back at home and reunite with Chris Paul, his former teammate, swayed Collison to take a discount and potentially compete for a championship.
Signing for the remaining portion of the MLE means that, aside from the Reggie Evans Trade Player Exception that expires on July 11, the Clippers will now only be able to offer the veteran’s minimum to free agents.
It should also be noted that Matt Barnes agreed to accept a home team discount for just such a maneuver:
@ESPNSteinLine believe Barnes took less so Clips could do this
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 7, 2013