Clippers agree to deals with Collison, Barnes
LOS ANGELES — Not even a week after dealing Eric Bledsoe to the Suns in a three-team trade, the Clippers have found his replacement.
On Saturday evening, the team agreed in principle to sign former UCLA star Darren Collison to a reported two-year, $1.9 million deal. Collison will have a player option in the second season of the contract.
Matt Barnes, who agreed to re-sign with the Clippers on Friday, confirmed the signing in a tweet.
— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) July 5, 2013
The Clippers used the remainder of their mid-level exception to sign Collison to what may be the biggest steal of a contract given this summer. The point guard made $2.3 million in 2012-13, more in one season than he stands to make over the two in his new deal. However, after Collison struggled in Dallas last year, it’s reasonable to believe that the appeal of returning home to California and filling a familiar role was worth the pay cut.