Darren Collison

Darren Collison, former Kings guard, announces retirement from NBA

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Darren Collison, former Kings guard, announces retirement from NBA

After 10 years in the NBA, Darren Collison has decided to call it a career.

The former Kings point guard announced his retirement from the league in a blog on The Undefeated's website Friday night.

"Basketball has been my life since I was a child. I could never imagine finding anything that brings me more joy than I get from playing the game. While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith. I am one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched.

With that being said, I have decided to retire from the NBA."

In 187 games over three seasons with the Kings, Collison averaged 14.2 points and 4.7 assists.

The 31-year-old also spent time with the Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers and the New Orleans Hornets.

Collison, who made $10 million in each of the past two seasons with the Pacers, was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. Instead, he's riding off into the sunset.

Collison says goodbye: 'Sac fans are truly the best'

Collison says goodbye: 'Sac fans are truly the best'

SACRAMENTO -- With all of the excitement following the Sacramento Kings free agent spending spree, there is a reality that is often missed. With each player that joins the roster, another moves on.

Following his signing with the Indiana Pacers, veteran point guard Darren Collison gave a statement on his departure to NBC Sports California.

“Sac fans are truly the best,” Collison sent via text message. “I’m humbled to be a part of such a great fanbase. Night in and night out, I gave it my all regardless of what the team was going through. Sacramento will be called home due to the love and support I’ve received. Thank you.”

On Friday afternoon, the 29-year-old guard turned to social media to give one more goodbye to Kings fans in a series of tweets.

Collison joins a growing list of former Kings players from this summer. Arron Afflalo and Anthony Tolliver were waived prior to the draft. Rudy Gay signed a deal earlier this week with the San Antonio Spurs. Both Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans are now with the Memphis Grizzlies. Langston Galloway signed a three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons and with Sacramento’s roster now set at 15, Ty Lawson will not return.

The Kings added four rookies on draft night and are expected to announce the signings of Bogdan Bogdanovic, George Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter over the next few days.

Headed to Indiana, Collison reflects on time with Kings: 'I gave it my all'

Headed to Indiana, Collison reflects on time with Kings: 'I gave it my all'

SACRAMENTO -- Almost three days into free agency and the Sacramento Kings have yet to hear a single yes. They’ve flirted with some of the biggest names on the market, but their estimated $45 million in cap space remains intact.

That hasn’t stopped Sacramento’s own free agents from finding new homes. On opening day of free agency, Langston Galloway agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Detroit Pistons. Ben McLemore followed him out the door on Sunday, agreeing to a two-year, $10.7 million pact with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Monday afternoon, it was starting point guard Darren Collison’s turn to walk out the door, joining the Indiana Pacers on a reported two-year, $20 million contract.

“Sac fans are truly the best,” Collison told NBC Sports California when reached for comment. “I’m humbled to be a part of such a great fanbase. Night in and night out, I gave it my all regardless of what the team was going through. Sacramento will be called home due to the love and support I’ve received. Thank you.”

Collison, 29,  spent the last three season in a Kings uniform, posting 14.2 points, 4.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 187 games, including 124 starts for Sacramento. He was open to a return, but with rookies De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III in tow, Collison saw the writing on the wall.

This is the second tour of duty in Indiana for Collison. The eight-year NBA veteran spent the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season in a Pacers uniform before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2012.

Sacramento has plenty of remaining free agents, most of which are not expected back. Rudy Gay has been mentioned plenty over the last few days, but has yet to find a landing spot. Ty Lawson, Tyreke Evans, Aaron Afflalo and Anthony Tolliver remain unsigned as well.