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Darren Collison discusses his impending free agency and fit with the Kings

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The Kings are high on his list, but is the interest mutual?

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The Sacramento Kings have made no secret of the fact that they hope to acquire a point guard in the upcoming NBA Draft. Last season the position was platooned by Darren Collison and Ty Lawson, but both players are free agents, both will turn 30 this summer, and both have had recent off-court issues. We don’t know yet if the Kings intend to bring either player back, but Darren Collison opened up about his plans to the Sacramento Bee.

“For a while, I didn’t know what they wanted to do,” he said this week. “But after talking to Vlade late in the season, I got a much better sense. I think management has a definite plan in place and I think what he’s doing is smart. They have a goal they want to reach. They want a good locker room, because it starts from there. They have a good coach in Dave Joerger, and the young players, when I look at what they did late in the season, you realize these are guys you can play with and eventually win with. That’s my gut feeling. And then after the (Cousins) trade, when we got away from playing two bigs and played faster, I feel like my skills fit better. So, no, I wouldn’t mind coming back at all.”

Throughout the article, which also includes quotes from Collison’s agent Bill Duffy, it’s clear that Collison is keeping his options open. As previously stated, Collison is about to turn 30, and this might be his last big pay day. Collison says he wants to be part of a good team environment.

“This is a very important draft. But they will need some solid veterans around to speed up the process. And what I really want – more than anything at this point – is to be in a real team environment, be around guys that want to play together, and we’re moving in that direction,” he said.

But at the end of the day we have to assume he’s going to be looking out for his family’s financial security. Players can begin reaching verbal commitments with teams on July 1st.