AP Source: Kings, Collison reach 3-year, $16M deal
JUL 3, 12:16p ET | Natalie Venegas
Rotowire: Jun 12 / 2:52p ET
News: Collison missed the final 43 games of the regular season after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle injury in his hip. He was still productive in 45 games as the Kings' starting point guard, finishing with averages of a career-high 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in 35 minutes per game. Collison is still under contract with Sacramento for the next two seasons.
Impact: This was the first time since the 2010-11 season that Collison was a team's full-time starter, but unfortunately for him and the Kings, Collison's season was cut far shorter than expected. While it's possible the point guard could have returned before the season ended, the team was so far out of the playoff picture that they kept him out to allow other players to develop. When Collison was healthy, he was effective. He played consistently all year, scoring in double figures in all but three of the games he played a full workload. Going forward, it appears as though Collison will be the Kings' point guard of the near future, as the team looks to finally make a return to the playoffs with him alongside DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. Not to mention that Sacramento is getting Collison for a good price (owed just over $10 million total for the next two years). Where there are questions surrounding Collison is whether or not president of basketball operations Vlade Divac decides that the team needs someone else starting at point. The Kings have been rumored to be targeting Emmanuel Mudiay with the sixth pick in the draft.