After playing just one season for the Clippers, Collison has a multiyear deal with the Kings that is fully guaranteed, according to
Collison opted out of a contract that would have paid him $1.985 million next season, looking for a bigger payday from the Clippers that never came.
"The Kings were the most aggressive team by far in the free agency, and I respected that on all levels," Collison said. "Of course, I was trying to make it work with the Clippers and tried to re-sign with them. But I didn't think they really made me their first priority like the Kings did."
With Collison's departure, the Clippers reached out to unrestricted free-agent point guard
Farmar played in just 41 games last season with the
The Clippers also remain interested in getting a better wing player than those they already have on their roster —
Rivers also reached out to free-agent small forward
Free-agent big men
The Clippers have available the midlevel exception, which starts at $5.3 million, and the biannual exception, a maximum deal of two years for $4.2 million.
Collison, 26, served as backup to All-Star point guard
When Paul missed 18 games with a separated right shoulder, Collison started for him and led the Clippers to a 12-6 record, keeping them afloat in the tough Western Conference.
Collison, who went to UCLA and Etiwanda High, said he had wanted to remain with the Clippers.