Sacramento, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Sacramento Kings have landed guard Darren Collison on a fully guaranteed three-year deal worth $16 million.
Collison opted out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers that would have paid him $1.985 million next season.
The Clippers were not willing to match Sacramento’s bigger monetary offer that could also lead to a starting position if Isaiah Thomas leaves the Kings.
Collison, 26, averaged 11.4 points and 3.7 assists last season and started at both guard positions when Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford were injured.
The Clippers went 12-6 when Collison started at point guard and averaged 13.3 points and 6.5 assists in 32.6 minutes per game.
The Kings will be Collison’s fifth team in six NBA seasons.
Contracts can’t be signed until the NBA’s moratorium on deals is lifted July 10.