Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers signed point guard
Darren Collison, forward Matt Barnes and center Ryan Hollins on Wednesday. Per
team policy, terms of the contracts were not announced.
According to a report several days ago, the deal for Collison is for two years
and the Clippers are using a portion of their mid-level salary cap exception
to sign the former standout at UCLA who averaged 12.0 points and 5.1
assists while starting 47-of-81 games with the Dallas Mavericks last season.
Collison will presumably replace Eric Bledsoe, whom the Clippers agreed to
trade to Phoenix earlier in the week as part of a three-team deal that landed
shooters J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley in Los Angeles, as the backup to All-
Star Chris Paul, who signed an extension through the 2017-18 season earlier on
The 25-year-old also served as Paul's understudy during his rookie campaign
with the New Orleans Hornets in 2009-10 before being traded to Indiana, where
he spent two seasons as the Pacers' starting point guard. Collison was then
moved to Dallas last July and began the year as the Mavericks' starter, but
did not receive a qualifying offer from the team as a restricted free agent as
Dallas attempted to clear cap space for an unsuccessful bid at luring Dwight
Over his four NBA seasons, Collison has averaged 12.1 points, 5.2 assists and
2.8 rebounds while shooting 36 percent from 3-point range.
Barnes, 33, averaged a career-high 10.3 points in 2012-13 to go along with 4.6
rebounds and 1.0 steals in 25.7 minutes in 80 games with the Clippers last
Another UCLA product, Barnes has played for eight teams over his stay in the
NBA and has averaged 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.7 steals in
640 games (182 starts).
Hollins, 28, signed with the Clippers prior to the start of last season and
over 60 games he averaged 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in just over 11 minutes.
A second-round selection of Charlotte out of UCLA in 2006, Hollins has
averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds over 374 games with Charlotte, Dallas,
Minnesota, Cleveland, Boston and the Clippers.
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