Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison will end his career with the Thunder next summer. As reported today by NBC, Collison will sign a one year contract with the team on Reno Street. He has played with the same franchise (Seattle/OKC) for thirteen years, one of a handful of players to do that. “Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks), Tony Parker (Spurs), Manu Ginobili (Spurs), Udonis Haslem (Heat) and Nick Collison (SuperSonics/Thunder) are the only active players to have played more than 10 seasons all with the same team” as reported by NBC Sports.
As of NBC Sports:
Presumably, Collison will make the minimum, because, unless the Thunder are willing to hard-cap themselves, that’s the most they can offer and it’s because that’s the most Collison is worth. He’ll earn $2,328,652, though Oklahoma City will pay and be taxed at just $1,471,382. (The league covers the rest for veterans on one-year minimum deals.)
I had reported a few months ago that Collison would retire this summer. I was wrong sports fans.
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