Darren Collison Changes Mind, To Opt In

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Clippersfan86
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Announced on Power 106 that he's decided to not chase a bigger pay day and return. Loves this team and wants to give it another go. Hell yes! I'm very happy to hear this news. Now we can focus on what we really need and get better defensive help from wings and better backup bigs!

uncool
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This is huge if its true! Now I say use Full MLE on a very solid defensive SF, and the BAE on a backup big... hopefully move Duds for another backup big, and let's go!

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Nice! Good decision DC! Though I would've preferred a bigger defensive PG, DC is still a solid back up nonetheless. Now let's get our back up bigs and a better SF.

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Full MLE on Deng. BAE on Gasol.

Billupsss
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How much does the "MLE" and "BAE" offer? Also, I'm glad that now we most likely won't draft a guard in the draft.

uncool
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From $14 Mil to $5.2 Mil...

From $19 Mil to $2.5 Mil...

Kind of a stretch, would be awesome though.

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Did he change his mind again? Arash Markazi's last tweet says opt out.

ClipsGForce
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I guess we have own Dwight Howard in our team. LOL

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If Deng wants to go to a playoff team, only the Clippers, Dallas and Memphis need SF's.

He can get more money from Dallas, but isn't going to win in Dallas.

If he just wanted money he would stay with Cleveland. I actually think he'd take the $5.2 mil to play for a legit title contender.

ClipperKyle32
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TF?

JQuick32
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He can feel free to go get overpaid somewhere else, to be honest. I still want Livingston.

ClipsGForce
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Go ahead Collison, Go get paid. In all honestly, he have a great spot in this team and you know this team can go far regarding championship aspiration.

david
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Hmm- some conflicting info obviously, but perhaps it's a reflection of his current state of mind as it seems to be a tough decision for him. Perhaps we will know more tomorrow regarding DC's choice.

CP3Best
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He's gotta stay, he was the perfect fit off the bench, he can score pass a little good effort on defense... He made some points off the bench we needed that and he gave it to us all we need now is a big off the bench...

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Did anybody listen to him on the radio?

Did he say he's opting in or did he say he's re-signing? That's a big difference.

SamMays
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Collison is a great backup PG. Glad to have him back.

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I guess we won't be drafting a point guard in the draft now.

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I second that motion. Would love to have Gasol as a backup PF/C off the bench. And Deng for his defense.

Agent0
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I liked Collison and what he brought, but I would prefer Livingston for the length, defense, ability to feed the post well, post-up ability for when things aren't going well, and fit next to Paul if they play together. Nothing against Collison, but the two small PG backcourt just isn't so great.

Agent0
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Lol, I think every single team in the league would sign Deng for $5.5M and Gasol for $2M if the opportunity was there.

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Looks like the trifecta IS opting out. Good IMO.

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/stor ... ree-agency

http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/ ... story.html

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I hope it's true Collison is staying. We know how well he plays and there is no guarantee bringing someone else in will send us to the playoffs. Look back at D. Howard's with the Lakers, poor performance. Traded to the Rockets looks like the old Howard. My point is because a player plays well doesn't mean he'll be the same if traded. Chemistry within the team matters, if it's not there, a wasted trade.

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hope DC is out, we need every cent to net LB LEL

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To quote the late Latrell Sprewell after turning down $3 mill "I gotta' feed my kids." Collison would be CRAZY not to go for the $$$. As I mentioned a long time ago, $2 mill/yr isn't that much considering that you will make it till you're 34 and at 38 you are permanently unemployed. Factor in taxes at 50%. He has to save enough to last 40+ years. If he lives modestly and invests not stupidly he'll be OK. He should go for $3 mill. He may get hurt tomorrow and be skaroow'd. A huge % of pro athletes are tits up financially 5 yrs after retirement.

If we lose Collison, who will guard Westbrook etc?. Parker can torch CP3. Alternatively Livingston can play PG and SF and is LONG. He hasn't been hurt thank God. Grainger is interesting. Barnes blew him away. Is he washed up? Is he worth a $4 mill gamble? After last yr's performance $2 mill. Who says he won't get hurt again? Depending on Kobe, Pau will be a LAL. If Kobe is a di*k Pau's gone. As far as being a di*k, Kobe is the Ron Jeremy of basketball. Pau's going for around $5 mill. He still has game. Pau/DJ/BG will give diarrhea on the floor for any other front court. Nobody has mentioned Bullock.

Does Kobe remind anybody of DTS? His time as Big Dog is done and he doesn't get it.

Don't you wish this were pre CBA? Then we could have bought ourselves a championship like LAL. Forget LBJ or Melo we need Deng.

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Let the rumors fly. IMHO, more from trusted sources , I think he is opting out. Maybe he wants back but he will opt out. He is a pro ,money talks.

Jerediscool
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yeah the title of this thread is misleading. He is opting out but would like to resign. that is a huge difference.

CapsNClips
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I know Darren is better than Nate, but I hope he doesn't command more than this.

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I hope he does stay, he was amazing.

Billupsss
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Man, I hope some news of DC returning or something comes out before Thursday. I really don't want the Clippers drafting a guard.

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Rivers wants to trade up to late teens to early 20s. also I read somewhere LAC wants to buy a 2nd rounder.

Clips have no 2nd rounders up to 2018. Exception of 2016 where Clips can swap with the Nets.

uncool
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Are we allowed to S&T Collison? Or do you have to be under the cap to do that? Seems like you would have to have cap room to do the initial signing, but I remember hearing that the Lakers had the option to S&T Dwight, and now I've heard that the Knicks can do it with Melo.

What if we could get a wing defender in a trade for DC? Like DC, Reggie & 28th pick for Shump & Hardaway Jr.? Then sign Livingston & veteran bigs, or Frye and a vet PG.

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We could only S/T Collison if we have his Bird rights, which acts as an exception.

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