Playmaker Darren Collison agrees to join Clippers

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Clippers and free-agent playmaker Darren Collison have verbally agreed on a two-year contract that will pay him $1.9 million on the first year and a player option on the final year.

Collison settled for the remainder of the Clippers’ mid-level exception because there was no workable sign-and-trade available with his old team, the Dallas Mavericks.

The deal can’t be officially signed until Wednesday, when the league lifts its annual moratorium on free-agent signings and trades.

Collison’s signing came after the Clippers inked veteran Matt Barnes to a three-year, $11 million deal.

Collison became an unrestricted free agent after the Mavericks declined to offer him a $4.5 million qualifying offer.

Coach Rick Carlisle demoted him to a backup role behind Derek Fisher and Mike James. Last season, he averaged 12 points and 5.1 assists with the Mavericks.

Collison had a promising rookie season in New Orleans in 2009-10, filling in for current Clippers star Chris Paul.

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