Sacramento Kings Sign PG Darren Collison
Isaiah Thomas might want to start packing his bags. The Sacramento Kings star point guard could be on his way out of town with the recent news that the team has agreed to a deal with former Los Angeles Clippers point guard, Darren Collison.
According to reports, Collison has signed on to a three-year deal with the Kings, and finalized the deal under the assumption that he’d be given the chance to start. Doing so with Thomas in town wouldn’t make much sense, so the move could be a sign of a future deal involving Thomas’ departure from Sacramento.
Sacramento has been involved in many a rumor to do with Thomas, one of which could be a trade swap for Detroit Pistons forward, Josh Smith. That particular trade would have Thomas signing a long-term deal with Detroit and being traded for Smith. Smith would then likely provide the Kings with an upgrade at the power forward position, giving Sacramento a fairly formidable frontcourt lineup of Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins and Smith.
In Detroit, Thomas could potentially take over as the Pistons new starting point guard. For that to happen, however, the Pistons would probably also have to find a way to deal current starting point guard, Brandon Jennings.
While the signing of Collison could lead to that domino effect, bringing Collison on could also just be a move to give Sacramento’s current roster more flexibility. Trading the smaller Thomas is clearly one road the Kings could go down, but they also have spoken highly about his scoring ability and would be open to the idea of him providing an elite spark off the bench as their new sixth man.
In that scenario, Collison would still be the starter as he’s reportedly been promised, but the Kings wouldn’t have to part with the talented Thomas. Thomas would then operate as Collison’s top backup, while Collison could shift to the two spot when both are on the court at the same time.
The signing of Collison also shows the Kings weren’t completely ready to hand over the keys to the offense to second-year lead guard Ray McCallum. McCallum impressed in flashes during his rookie year last season, but also had some rough patches. One way or another, the Kings are making changes on their roster and Collison is now a part of it. Whether or not Thomas is remains to be determined.
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