As point guard Darren Collison considers a return to the NBA, we consider the four best fits for the veteran floor general.
Darren Collison wants back in.
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The 32-year-old point guard decided to step away from the NBA at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, shocking many around the league, as he decided to further pursue his faith as a Jehovah’s Witness.
While he hasn’t come out and set it outright, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Collison would like to make a return to the NBA in February, likely after the Feb. 6 trade deadline.
When he makes that return, there will be any number of contenders vying for his services. Wojnarowski reports the point guard has preferences — more on those later — but he can likely be goaded out of retirement by any contender willing to pay him a pretty penny.
Collison has been as consistent as they come over the course of his NBA career, which would enter its 11th year should he choose to rejoin the league. He has never averaged less than 10 points per game over the course of a season, despite alternating between the role of starter and bench player. He’s also a solid passer, averaging five assists per game in his career.
Teams will especially be interested in his proficiency from 3-point range. He shot 39.4 percent from distance in his career and even led the NBA in 3-point shooting with the Indiana Pacers in 2017-18, when he drilled 46.8 percent of his attempts.
Here are four possible destinations for Collison.