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.

Report: Kings meeting with former Magic, Warriors exec


Report: Kings meeting with former Magic, Warriors exec

In their search for Scott Perry's replacement, the Kings have spoken with the former GM of the Orlando Magic.

Otis Smith, who served as the Magic GM from 2006 to 2012, reportedly met with the Kings about their recently-vacated VP of basketball operations job.

News of the meeting for was first reported by ESPN.

Perry left the Kings this month to become the GM of the Knicks.

Smith has ties to Northern California. As a player, Smith's rights were sold by the Nuggets to the Warriors in 1987. He played in 137 games over two seasons with the Warriors.

After his playing days were over, Smith joined the Warriors' front office as the executive director of basketball operations.

Currently, Smith is the director of player development and an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons.

Report: Deal in China for ex-Kings guard worth more than his NBA minimum


Report: Deal in China for ex-Kings guard worth more than his NBA minimum

Jimmer Fredette is reportedly going back to China.

Fredette agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks worth $1.8 million annually, according to David Pick.

Fredette has accrued five years of NBA service.

The minimum NBA salary for Fredette in 2017-18 would be...


The Kings selected Fredette with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

He averaged 7.6 points per game as a rookie and 7.2 points in Year 2.

Sacramento waived Fredette in February 2014.

Over 50 games with the Pelicans in 2014-15, he averaged 3.6 points per game and shot below 19 percent from deep.

He did not see any action against the Warriors in the opening round of the 2015 playoffs.

In China last year, Fredette averaged 37.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest.

He scored 73 points on Feb. 19.