As expected, the
The Clippers made what was described as "just a cursory call" to Collison's representatives to let them know they were interested in re-signing the 6-footer, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The Clippers also reached out to small forwards
Ariza made $7.7 million last season with the
The most the Clippers have to spend on either player would be the mid-level exception that starts at $5.3 million.
The quandary for the Clippers is that to re-sign Collison, they would have to use the mid-level exception on him too.
Collison made $1.9 million last season and opted out of a contract that would have paid him $1.985 million next season, obviously looking for a bigger pay-day.
Collison, who was Chris Paul's backup last season, showed his value to the Clippers when he started 18 games while Paul recovered from a separated right shoulder.
Collison helped the Clippers go 12-6 while Paul was out, keeping the team afloat in the tough Western Conference.
The Clippers also reached out to free agents
Pierce played for Clippers Coach
Wilcox gearing up
C.J. Wilcox is ready for the competition he'll encounter with the Clippers.
Wilcox was drafted in the first round at No. 28 on Thursday, and he plays at the shooting guard position where the team already has two very good players.
The Clippers start
"I'm just going to take it as a challenge," Wilcox said Monday when he was introduced to the media. "I'm going to come in every day and work hard and squeeze my way in."
Wilcox, 23, averaged 14.4 points on 43.3% shooting, 38.9% in three-point shooting, over his four-year career at Washington.