Published January 13, 2015
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 Wednesday.
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.
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 season.
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.