The Kings have reportedly signed Darren Collison to a three-year deal for $16 million, using their Mid-Level Exception. What this means for Isaiah Thomas remains to be seen, but it doesn't indicate the Kings are planning to retain Thomas.
Free agent guard Darren Collison agrees to 3 year, $16 milion deal with Sacramento, sources, leaving the Clippers.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 3, 2014
Collison's contract is fully guaranteed, per source. He got midlevel exception for Kings. Was tough for him to leave Clippers.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 3, 2014
If Collison is meant to be a back-up, I love the signing. There's a chance this is part of a bigger plan that has yet to play out. But if this is meant to replace Isaiah, I'm dismayed. Collison is a significant drop off in talent. Yes, he's cheaper, but there is a reason for that.
We'll continue to monitor Isaiah Thomas' restricted free agency, and any other rumors that come from this.
Welcome to Sacramento, Darren Collison. It's nothing personal. I promise we're nice folks. It's not you, it's us. We're just dealing with a potentially painful breakup, and it meant a lot, and we're not ready to jump into a new point guard relationship yet.