Darren Collison decides to stay retired, reportedly will not return to NBA this season

Kurt Helin
NBC Sports

It didn’t exactly take Sherlock Holmes to piece the clues together: Darren Collison had talked about coming out of retirement and then sat with Lakers’ owner Jeanie Buss at a recent game. He was coming to Los Angeles.

Except Collison is not predictable.

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The veteran point guard has decided to stay retired, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

After retiring prior to summer free agency last year, veteran guard Darren Collison considered a midseason return to the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers or the Clippers — but has decided to stay retired, league sources told ESPN.

Collison had been weighing a February or March comeback with one of the NBA’s two championship contenders in Los Angeles, but Collison informed teams Sunday that he simply isn’t ready to return to the NBA — and it’s unclear if or when he will, league sources said.

For a Laker team that did not make a move at the deadline — while other top teams in the West did, including the Clippers — Collison was a player who would give them a boost in shooting and playmaking. The Lakers are expected to be active on the buyout market, but it’s unlikely a player with the impact level of Collison.

Collison averaged 11.6 points and six assists a game last season in Indiana, plus he shot 40.7 percent from three. He was poised to become a free agent last July, and there was considerable demand for his services, but he decided to retire.

Now it’s going to stat that way, at least for this season.

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