As the second day of
The Clippers had called point guard
Collison is an unrestricted free agent, having opted out of a contract that would have paid him $1.9 million next season.
The Clippers can either offer Collison the mid-level exception, which starts at $5.305 million, or offer him a 20% pay raise from last year's salary, which would be about $2.3 million next season. Collison is looking for more than that.
The Clippers also were interested in small forward
There were reports that Clippers Coach and President
But Hawes made $6.5 million last season and NBA executives say he is looking for a raise.
The Clippers don't have a lot of money to spend on free agents, but there are ways they can acquire one or more.
They have the mid-level exception. They have the bi-annual exception, a maximum two-year deal worth about $4.2 million. They can use the veteran minimum, which could be as much as $1.4 million for a player with 10 years of NBA experience.
And the Clippers could acquire a free agent by doing a sign and trade.
NBA teams are only allowed to negotiate with free agents now, but can officially sign them when the league's moratorium is lifted on July 10.
Guard Jamal Crawford's $5.450-million contract for the 2014-15 season became fully guaranteed on Monday.