Jan 23, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guardDarren Collison
(7) shoots in front of two Golden State Warriors defenders in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
6’0” – 27 years old
Darren Collison is a name you may not hear much on the rumor list. Collison signed as a free agent last season with the Sacramento Kings. The Kings signed him to a reasonably priced 3 year, $15 million dollar contract.
Collison followed that up with the best season of his career, scoring 16.1 per game, 5.6 assists to go with 37% shooting on his 3’s. So why would the Kings be looking to trade Collison?
The rumor most recently linked to the Kings is Rajon Rondo who wore out his welcome in Dallas this year. If the Kings do sign Rondo, it’s entirely possible that they look to move Collison. The Kings have also been mentioned as a possible trade spot for Ty Lawson.
Collison can penetrate and is a better shooter and creator than Patrick Beverley, but with Collison’s salary of $5 million next year it would easily make it possible to keep Beverley as well and keep other options open.
Additionally Collison’s cost in trade would be less.
Trade: Terrence Jones & Pablo Prigioni for Darren Collison
Collison may not be a big splash for the Rockets at point guard, but it would be hard to argue that he wouldn’t add to the combination of Harden and Beverley and provide more of an offense spark than any of the other guards from last season did.
Adding Collison would be the kind of minor tweak to the roster that Morey mentioned that could yield a slightly different dynamic to this team.
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