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Report: Darren Collison opts to remain retired instead of signing with Lakers

Free agent guard decides to stay away from NBA rather than join contender.

Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison drives on Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Point guard Darren Collison has decided to remain retired rather than sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday.

Collison, 32, stepped away from the game after last season with the Pacers despite posting decent numbers in 76 games. He cited religious reasons for retiring, per The Undefeated. Collison was also garnering interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, who recently waived G Isaiah Thomas following a trade with the Washington Wizards. The Lakers also worked out veteran G J.R. Smith, so we’ll see if there’s a reunion with LeBron James in the works.