Veteran point guard Collison announces retirement

Former Pacers point guard Darren Collison drives to the basket against the Suns.

Veteran point guard Darren Collison is retiring, he told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

Collison, 31, spent last season with the Indiana Pacers and was an unrestricted free agent. He was at the center of some trade rumors during the season, as his expiring contract and experience drew interest from rival teams.

Yet he finished the season with the Pacers, and evidently, his career as well.

“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,” Collison said. “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.

“Obviously, when you love the game of basketball like I do, you focus more on that and can’t do everything else you want for good reason. I have always felt the need to do more to help others; that’s why it is so important to try and help out as much as possible. I am so grateful for all the opportunities that basketball has brought to my life.”

Collison averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 points in 76 regular-season games, and 12.0 points and 4.0 assists in the first round of the playoffs vs. the Boston Celtics.

He also spent time with the New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings.