Golden State Warriors Pushing for NBA Veteran After Los Angeles Lakers Back Out

Published 08/31/2021, 12:15 AM EDT
May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Golden State Warriors are slowly rising from the shadows once again. They have been the bearer of good news, one after the other. With the splash brothers set to unite and all the other pieces set, they look like serious contenders once again.

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Now, there are reports that the Bay may pursue a free agent guard. While it doesn’t confirm their interest, the Warriors will schedule a workout to determine his signing.

May 16, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with forward Draymond Green (23) against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

 

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Collison to the Warriors

According to Chris Haynes, the Golden State Warriors are planning on signing free agent Darren Collison. There are reports that the Warriors, who have scheduled a workout with the 34 YO veteran, will make a decision after that.

This does come as a surprise as the Bay has no shortage of role players in their squad. With a strong bench comprising players such as Damian Lee and Jordan Poole, they have great rotations. Moreover, their rookies Kuminga and Moody made a name for themselves in the Summer League as well.

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Collison had an underrated second half of his career. Out of the 10 seasons he played in the NBA, the last 5 years were his best. He shot over 40% from downtown from 2015 to 2019- something that no doubt attracted the Warriors front office. In addition, Collison is a great ball-handler and can make plays well.

Jul 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Jonathan Kuminga (G League Ignite) poses with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number seven overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

However, he has not been a part of the NBA family for a while and is now 34 years old. Hence, there is no guarantee that he is in NBA shape.

Darren Collison NBA career

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He came into the league in 2008 as the 21st overall pick in the draft. In his rookie season with the New Orleans Hornets, he had a great season, averaging 12 points and almost 6 assists. This made him earn the honors of All-Rookie first team.

He played in the NBA for 10 years, suiting up for 5 different organizations. Collison had his best year with Sacramento where he averaged 16 points and 5 assists. He retired in 2019 to focus on his family. Notably, there were reports that he may join the Lakers, but that did not go through.

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Hence, nothing can be said for sure on his return. Being out of the game for 2 whole years, getting back in shape is a tough job. Another big factor is also his age. Do you think the Warriors should sign Collison?

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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