With Paul George in Oklahoma City next season, the Pacers took the first step to attempt to build a roster in wake for their superstar’s absence by signing a familiar face in guard Darren Collison to a two-year deal.
According to ESPN, Collison’s deal with Indiana is worth $20 million, nearly doubling his $5 million per year contract he had with the Kings the past three seasons. Collison, a first-round pick of the New Orleans Hornets in 2009, spent his second and third year in the league with the Pacers, averaging 11.9 points, three rebounds and five assists in 135 games started.
The Pacers are hoping Collison, who will be 30 this upcoming season, will have a similar season that Jeff Teague did last year running Nate McMillan’s offense. Teague, now with the Timberwolves, averaged 15.3 points, 7.8 assists and four rebounds in 82 starts last season.
If Collison can stay healthy like Teague, the opportunity for assists down low to Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young should be readily available for the Pacers new-look roster.
Collison started 64 games for the Kings last season, averaging 13.2 points, 4.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds on 47.6 percent shooting.