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.