Report: Clippers to sign Collison

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to terms with point guard Darren Collison on a two-year contract, Yahoo!Sports reported on Saturday.

According to the report, the Clippers will use a portion of their mid-level salary cap exception to sign Collison, a 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.

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 Howard.

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.