By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Instead of potentially receiving a free agent contract worth more than $10 million on the open market, Darren Collison has elected to retire. He spent 10 seasons in the NBA.
The 31-year-old Rancho Cucamonga, California native spent the last two seasons with the Indiana Pacers.
“Basketball has been my life since I was a child,” Collison said to The Undefeated. “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 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.
“Obviously, when you the game of basketball, like I do, you focus more on that and can’t do everything else you want for good reason. I have always felt the need to do more to help others; that’s why it is so important to try and help out as much as possible. I am so grateful for all the opportunities that basketball has brought to my life. I have had the privilege over the past 10 years to play in front of some of the best fans and with some of the best organizations in the league. My agent Bill Duffy has been more than an agent to me. He has been a friend, a mentor, and a family member throughout my career.”
This past season, he appeared in 76 games, with 76 starts. He also averaged 11.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.1 blocks per game in 28.2 minutes per game.
Collison played the Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, and New Orleans Hornets. He spent the majority of his career with the Pacers and the Kings.