The Los Angeles Lakers made minor waves two seasons ago when they eyed former Indians Pacers guard Darren Collison. Collison was rumored to come out of retirement to join and fill the team’s role as a playmaker. Eventually, Rajon Rondo filled the void and they were able to win a title. The Collison news ended up being just another story in a long season.
This off-season, the two sides remain linked. Collison worked out alongside Mike James and Isaiah Thomas for a roster spot this summer. The team resorted back to Rondo again after he was waived. And again, there is still a connection between both sides. Collison appears to be hoping he can get in camp with the Lakers, Anthony Slater of The Athletic:
Collison would be a bigger swing but a blinder bet. He hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since 2019 and is 34 … Those in the gym when Collison visited said he looked solid — in basketball playing shape and showing flashes of his former self in a pickup setting.
But nobody, in that brief of a glimpse, was comfortable predicting whether Collison would be anywhere near the player who averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 assists as a starting point guard on a Pacers team that made the 2019 playoffs … But if he is (or even if he isn’t), would he be willing to take a prove-it non-guaranteed camp invite? There’s also buzz he might be eyeing a Lakers camp invite.
If Collison makes training camp, he will fill one of the 20 total camp spots that the league allows. Any flashes that he shows would mean they have backcourt crunch. Training camp begins on September 28th, so time will tell to see if Collison’s hopes materialize.