In an abrupt turn of events, and just a few days before free agency begins, point guard Darren Collison has officially announced his retirement from the NBA via The Undefeated. Collison spent last season with the Indiana Pacers.
Basketball has been my life since I was a child. I could never imagine finding anything that brings me more joy than I get from playing the game. While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith. I am one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched.
With that being said, I have decided to retire from the NBA.
The move comes as a bit of a stunner, as the 31-year-old Collison was in the market for a $10-$12 million contract in free agency.
Darren Collison was on target to secure a $10M-$12M annual salary in free agency. He retires at 31. https://t.co/456Y67RUva
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
Collison has spent ten seasons in the NBA with five different teams. He was drafted in 2009 by the New Orleans Hornets before being promptly traded to the Pacers in a multi-team deal for Trevor Ariza. Collison also spent time with the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Sacramento Kings before returning back to Indiana in 2017. For his career Darren Collison always was a serviceable point guard. He finishes his career with per-game averages of 11.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 5.7 assists.