Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Indiana Pacers have traded point guard Darren Collison to the Dallas Mavericks, the second time the Etiwanda High School graduate has been traded in his three-year NBA career. Collison will be shipped to Dallas along with Pacers guard Dahntay Jones in exchange for center Ian Mahinmi.
The end of Collison’s two-year run in Indiana may have been signaled when the Pacers signed point guard George Hill to a 5-year, $40 million deal July 2. Collison was the Pacers starting point guard from the day New Orleans traded him to the Pacers following his rookie season until suffering a groin injury in early April. Hill has started every game since.
“That was tough for me cause, with the competitive nature that I have, I always feel like I should start whether I’m hurt or not,” Collison told the Daily Bulletin June 29. “But it just made me grow as a player. It made me change my role because that was what was best for the team.”
Collison, who will hold his second annual basketball camp July 23-25 at Etiwanda High School, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Wednesday evening.
With Jason Kidd now a member of the Knicks, there will seemingly be plenty of opportunity in Dallas for Collison, who has one year remaining on his contract. The Mavericks retain third-year pro Rodrigue Beaubois and figure to resign veteran Delonte West, both of whom played some point guard last season but neither of which is a true point guard in the mold of Collison.