Darren Collison Won't Make NBA Return This Season; Lakers Shift Focus To Signing Dion Waiters - uSports.org

Log In

  • Home  /
  • News   / Daily Digest   /
  • Darren Collison Won’t Make NBA Return This Season; Lakers Shift Focus To Signing Dion Waiters
Darren Collison Won’t Make NBA Return This Season; Lakers Shift Focus To Signing Dion Waiters Full view

Darren Collison: Cleveland Cavaliers v Sacramento Kings

Darren Collison Won’t Make NBA Return This Season; Lakers Shift Focus To Signing Dion Waiters

After rumors were circling since December of a possible return, league sources have confirmed that former NBA point guard Darren Collison will not return this season.

The 32-year-old’s retirement announcement came out of nowhere last June and analysts were convinced Collison was going to return in February. The 10-year veteran has always been a productive point guard with career averages of 12.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5 assists per game. The last two seasons he’s steadily improved his three point percentage shooting 43% and last year he started 76 games and also averaged a career-high six assists.

Collison joined The Undefeated for an interview with ESPN’s Marc Spears last June to discuss his reasons for retiring. “While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith. I am one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched,” Collison said.

The Lakers were the leading candidates to acquire him but league sources say they will work on signing former Heat guard Dion WaitersHe was previously represented by Lakers president and general manager Rob Pelinka and Los Angeles is hoping their past relationship will help lure Waiters away from the Clippers who will also be targeting him.

Waiters was traded to the Grizzlies last Thursday in the deal that brought Andre Iguodala to Miami after the veteran sat out the first half of the season, but Waiters has since been waived meaning he is free to sign with any team he chooses.

SLIDESHOW: 50 GREAT SPORTS FIGURES WHO DIED IN 2019

The 28-year-old is a streak shooter with career averages of 13.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists. This season has been a roller coaster ride for Waiters who was suspended three times including punishment for a situation where he took a Marijuana edible on the team plane which caused him to pass out. He will have to have a serious conversation with Lakers’ management similar to the process the team had with Dwight Howard prior to signing him in the offseason, in order to determine if he will be a distraction or a asset, according to ESPN.

 

Chat With uSports On Facebook! Get the latest news and interviews delivered directly to your Messenger!

Leave a comment

Read more about:

Featured articles on uInterview.com

Written by Frank DeLorenzo

Latest News

Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin One Goal Shy Of 700

Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin One Goal Shy Of 700

Alex Ovechkin is now one goal shy of reaching 700, scoring his first goal in five games on Thursday night…

Big East Tournament Tickets On Sale Now! [Dates, Deals & Ticket Information]

Big East Tournament Tickets On Sale Now! [Dates, Deals & Ticket Information]

Big East Tournament Tickets are on sale now! The Big East Conference Championship is a four-round tournament that takes place from…

Trae Young Scorches The Heat With Career-High 50 Points

Trae Young Scorches The Heat With Career-High 50 Points

Trae Young dropped a career-high 50 points in Thursday’s 129-124 home win against the Heat, adding to his highlight reel of…

Nets’ Kyrie Irving Undergoes Shoulder Surgery, Will Miss Remainder Of Season

Nets’ Kyrie Irving Undergoes Shoulder Surgery, Will Miss Remainder Of Season

The first year of a long-term plan to acquire two injury riddled superstars has hit a roadblock after Nets general…

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch To Appear In Season 3 Of HBO’s ‘Westworld’

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch To Appear In Season 3 Of HBO’s ‘Westworld’

Marshawn Lynch has traded his spot on the field for a spot on the screen, appearing in the trailer for…

Nike Air Penny 5 Blue Chips Pays Tribute To Orlando Magic’s Penny Hardaway

Nike Air Penny 5 Blue Chips Pays Tribute To Orlando Magic’s Penny Hardaway

With the increase in cultural tie-ins from movies and TV shows in shoes over the past couple of years, Nike…

New York Red Bulls Season Tickets On Sale Now! [Dates, Location & Info]

New York Red Bulls Season Tickets On Sale Now! [Dates, Location & Info]

Major League Soccer is right around the corner! With the season getting ready to start in a couple of months,…

MLBPA Hits Back At Commissioner Rob Manfred On Player Punishment Amid Sign Stealing Investigation

MLBPA Hits Back At Commissioner Rob Manfred On Player Punishment Amid Sign Stealing Investigation

Commissioner Rob Manfred held a press conference Tuesday, his second in five days, to explain his reasoning for not punishing…

Former Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen Signs With Seattle Seahawks

Former Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen Signs With Seattle Seahawks

Greg Olsen has a new home after mutually agreeing to part ways with the Panthers in early February. According to…

Manchester City F.C. Claims Allegations ‘Are Simply Not True’ Following UEFA Competition Ban

Manchester City F.C. Claims Allegations ‘Are Simply Not True’ Following UEFA Competition Ban

Manchester City Football Club’s CEO Ferran Soriano is speaking out after the club was banned by UEFA for two years…

Tom Brady Reportedly Won’t Travel During Free Agency, Plans To Have Meetings In One Location

Tom Brady Reportedly Won’t Travel During Free Agency, Plans To Have Meetings In One Location

Sources close to Tom Brady told NBC Sport Boston’s Tom E. Curran that the six-time Super Bowl champion “may try to…

New York Liberty Tickets On Sale Now! [Dates, Time & Ticket Info]

New York Liberty Tickets On Sale Now! [Dates, Time & Ticket Info]

The WNBA season only three months away. The New York Liberty are getting ready to head back to the court…