NBA Free Agency: Mavericks Decline to Offer Darren Collison Qualifying Offer

Jan 2, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Dallas Mavericks point guard Darren Collison (4) is pressured by Miami Heat point guard Norris Cole (30) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks main focus in free agency is to bring in the biggest fish in the pond — center Dwight Howard. While the Mavs are prepared to put all of their eggs in the Howard basket, they are working to clear up cap space to make any move possible. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that the Mavericks decided against submitting a qualifying offer to point guard Darren Collison.

By failing to give Collison a a $4.5 million qualifying offer, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

The Mavericks clearly didn’t view Collison as a starting caliber player, which was clear when they demoted him to third-string behind Derek Fisher and Mike James.

In free agency, Collison will attract some attention, but he won’t be demanding starter money.

Free agency officially kicks off at midnight and then the madness can officially begin. With all of the news and rumors that has been floating around over the past few days, we can tell that it is going to be a wild ride.

Topics: Dallas Mavericks, Darren Collison, NBA Free Agency

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