Since you were made aware of the news this morning, in all likelihood at least one of the following thoughts has crossed your mind:
- What? Darren Collison?
- What? $5+ million per year?
- What? He's not better than our Pizza Guy!
So why did the Kings FO make this move? How could the great Peter D'Alessandro possibly justify this free agent signing? I believe that to find the answer, we have to look beyond just this signing alone.
Here's what we as fans know: Between Isaiah Thomas and Darren Collison, Thomas is the superior player, perhaps by a significant margin. Using that logic, wouldn't it be safe to assume that if we surely know this to be true, so would the Kings front office? They're not blind, they're not stupid, they're not inept. It's well known around NBA circles that IT is a better PG than Collison, so I don't think it would be fair to say that the Kings are simply choosing Collison over Thomas.
My theory is that this signing is the first action in what will turn out to be a set of related moves carried out by the Kings this summer. Here's my prediction:
- Collison is signed by Sacramento, with intentions to be the team's backup PG
- Isaiah is signed-and-traded away
- Whether it be in the Isaiah trade or a later deal, the Kings trade for a bona fide and well-respected distributor at the PG position, possibly but not necessarily along the lines of one Rajon Rondo.
Think about it. We've heard countless rumors surrounding Rondo and other notable players for almost a year now, and now might be as good a time as ever for the Kings to get a deal done.
Though it's been reported that Collison will have a good shot at the starter's role come season's beginning, more than likely this is just a smokescreen. I have a hard time believing that the Kings simply plan to ditch Isaiah Thomas for Darren Collison straight up, without anything else brought into consideration.
Mark my words: Though it is looking more and more likely that the Pizza Guy sadly will not be our starting PG come October, it won't be Collison either. When all is said and done, the Kings will have upgraded the position.
As for right now, there is still reason for excitement. Collison will make a hell of a backup.