LOS ANGELES – Free-agent point guard Darren Collison has agreed to a three-year, $16 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, leaving the Clippers after playing one season in Los Angeles.
Collison’s deal is fully guaranteed, according to league executives who were familiar with the agreement but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Collison opted out of a contract that would have paid him $1.985 million next season, looking for a bigger payday from the Clippers that never came.
“The Kings were the most aggressive team by far in the free agency, and I respected that on all levels,” said Collison, 26. “Of course, I was trying to make it work with the Clippers and tried to re-sign with them. But I didn’t think they really made me their first priority like the Kings did.”
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Collison was the backup point guard to All-Star Chris Paul but started 18 games when Paul was out with a separated right shoulder and helped the Clippers go 12-6.
Nowitzki to stay
Forward Dirk Nowitzki has agreed to stay with the Dallas Mavericks. The 36-year-old Nowitzki reportedly will get a three-year contract worth about $30 million.
Nowitzki is taking a pay cut, with a contract similar in value and structure to the one Tim Duncan signed with San Antonio two years ago.
Nowitzki recently completed a four-year deal worth $80 million, and he left money on the table in that deal hoping the Mavericks could get some pieces around him.
• Four years after a messy breakup, the Cleveland Cavaliers and superstar LeBron James are at least talking about a reunion.
Team officials reportedly met with James’ agent, Rich Paul, this week.
James recently opted out of the final two years of his contract with the Miami Heat.
ESPN has reported Paul also met with representatives for the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.
• The Knicks went coast to coast to let forward Carmelo Anthony know they want him to stay in New York.
Team officials traveled to Los Angeles on Thursday night to meet with the free agent, a person with knowledge of the plans said.
Team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills were expected to be part of the meeting, according to media reports.
• Miami officials have contacted big man Pau Gasol, a four-time All-Star who averaged 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds last season for the Los Angeles Lakers.