Neil breaks down the Indiana Pacers and gives his deep thoughts on the finals games three and four.
March 5, 2020, 6:01 pmDion WaitersSG, Los Angeles Lakers
According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, the Lakers have signed Dion Waiters to a contract for the rest of the season.
The Lakers have been searching for additional ball-handlers since the trade deadline to help take some of the load off of LeBron James. They missed on Darren Collison and Reggie Jackson before signing Waiters. He will be competing for minutes with Alex Caruso and Rajon Rondo. In all likelihood, Waiters will come off the bench and play enough of a role to have value in deeper leagues but should not be added in standard leagues.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 4:46 pmReggie JacksonPG, Detroit Pistons
Reggie Jackson reportedly has his sights set on joining the Clippers after reaching a buyout agreement with the Pistons on Tuesday.
The Clippers were among the favorites to land Darren Collison before he decided to stay retired. Jackson has been playing well for fantasy teams lately, but this is obviously a massive blow to his fantasy value. Jackson will compete with Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley and Landry Shamet for guard minutes moving forward. Bruce Brown Jr., Svi Mykhailuk, Derrick Rose and possibly Luke Kennard (knee) all stand to benefit with additional minutes and usage with Jackson now gone. It is worth searching the waiver wire to see if any of the Pistons guards are on your league's waiver wire.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
February 9, 2020, 6:50 pmDarren CollisonPG, Free Agent
Darren Collison has decided to stay retired and won't play in the NBA this season, per multiple reports.
Collison surprised everyone by retiring last summer at 31 years old, but reports of a potential return started circulating in January. He was being courted by the Lakers and Clippers and will take the rest of the year off to spend more time with his family.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
February 4, 2020, 7:09 pmDarren CollisonPG, Free Agent
Darren Collison is expected to make a decision on his playing future after the All-Star break, and that the Lakers and Clippers are at the top of his list.
The report also adds that Collison is in shape and wouldn't take long to be game-ready. Collison would be a great addition to any contending team's backcourt, and he won't cost you any trade assets. The Lakers could use Collison's services more, so we will see where he ultimately chooses. Keep a close eye on this situation and be ready to grab him when he makes his decision in the majority of leagues. Collison was a top-80 player last season in 9-cat leagues.
Source: Sean Deveney on Twitter
January 1, 2020, 3:57 pmDarren CollisonPG, Indiana Pacers
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has reported that Darren Collison may be eyeing a return to the NBA in February and the Clippers and Lakers are two of his preferred landing spots.
This comes as somewhat of a surprise with Collison retiring following the end of last season. However, he is still only 31 years old and could definitely impact several teams looking to play meaningful games in June.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 28, 2019, 11:24 pmDarren CollisonPG, Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison announced his retirement in an article released through Marc J. Spears and the Undefeated on Friday night.
The announcement came as a relative shock around the NBA. Collison was expected to command anywhere from $10-12 million in free agency. The 31-year-old played ten years in the league and averaged 29.4 mpg, 12.5 ppg, 5.0 apg and 1.2 spg.
Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter
April 21, 2019, 4:25 pmDarren CollisonG, Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison dropped 19 points, five assists, six rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Celtics.
Collison was asked to take on a bigger load with Victor Oladipo out. His field goal attempts, assists and points rose 1.5, 0.6 and 2.9 per game respectively after the All-Star game. He had similar numbers in the playoffs but, like the rest of the team, the efficiency was just not there. He's an unrestricted free agent this summer and with Aaron Holiday waiting in the wings, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Pacers let Collison walk. Victor Oladipo's health will certainly play a factor in what the Pacers do at guard this offseason, as well.
April 10, 2019, 11:20 pmDarren CollisonG, Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison only played 16 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Hawks, finishing his season as a top-80 player.
Collison’s fantasy season was perhaps most defined by his backcourt mate, Victor Oladpio’s, season-ending quad injury. Leading up to that injury, Collison was posting 8th round value in both 9-cat and 8-cat leagues, which was pretty much on target with his ADP. Post-injury, however, Collison posted averages of 14.1 points, 6.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.2 three-pointers and shooting percentages of .480 FG% and .834 FT%. That production was good enough to net him top-60 value in both 8-cat and 9-cat during that time span. If he returns to the Pacers in free agency his draft stock next year will hinge heavily on Oladipo’s recovery timeline, which would set him up as a potential fade-candidate for the 2nd half of next season.
April 7, 2019, 8:20 pmDarren CollisonG, Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison went an uncharacteristic 2-for-12 from the field in 23 minutes on Sunday evening, finishing with four points, six assists and two steals.
The Pacers' starters were largely ineffective tonight, so Collison isn't alone, but it's still not what fantasy owners expect to see out of a quality middle-round player. He'll be better in the next one, though he is a rest candidate with the Pacers locked into the five spot.
April 7, 2019, 3:44 pmDarren CollisonG, Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison (sore groin) will start vs. the Nets on Sunday.
Collison was doubtful heading into this one but it looks like he'll suit up and try and play. The Nets need this win badly and if they manage to pull it off they'll likely clinch their spot in the playoffs. However, the Pacers are still fighting for homeport advantage against the Celtics so Collison shouldn't be taking things easy, it looks like he'll be in for big minutes vs. the Nets.
Source: Scott Agness on Twitter
April 6, 2019, 12:24 pmDarren CollisonG, Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison (sore groin) is doubtful to play against the Nets on Sunday.
Collison has missed the last three contests but has been practicing since Thursday so he appears to be close. He was a game-time call for Friday's game however so we are not sure if there was a set-back with the doubtful tag and another update is sure to follow. Cory Joseph started the last three games with 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.3 steals while Tyreke Evans is averaging 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks over the same span.
April 5, 2019, 6:10 pmDarren CollisonG, Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison (sore groin) will not play on Friday vs. the Celtics while Wes Matthews (right hamstring strain) will be available to play.
Cory Joseph is looking at a start with Collison out but he’s not the best option considering the Celtics remain one of the best NBA defenses.
Source: Pacers on Twitter
April 4, 2019, 9:00 pmDarren CollisonG, Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison (sore groin) will be a game-time call for Friday's game.
This is an upgrade from Collison's previously doubtful status but it still doesn't mean we expect him on the court. If he doesn't go, Aaron Holiday and Cory Joseph will handle the primary ballhandling and could be good spot plays.
Source: A. Sherrod Blakely on Twitter
The Pacers battled a devastating injury and fought til the end