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Nick Collison signs 1-year deal, will retire at season’s end

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Nick Collison will retire as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Collison, 36, signed a one-year agreement on Friday morning, inking his tenure in Oklahoma City.

Originally drafted by Seattle with the No. 12 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, he was one of a handful of players who made the journey from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Collison has spent his entire with the franchise. He is the fifth current active player who’s spent 10 or more years with the same franchise who drafted him.

Here are some players who have put together lifer NBA careers, active:

  • Dirk Nowitzki (20th season with the Mavericks)
  • Tony Parker (17th season with the Spurs)
  • Manu Ginobili, if he doesn’t retire (16th season with the Spurs)
  • Udonis Haslem (15th season with the Heat)
  • Mike Conley (11th season with the Grizzlies)
  • Russell Westbrook (10th season with the Oklahoma City)
  • DeAndre Jordan (10th season with the Clippers)

Collison’s role in Oklahoma City has decreased every season. He was a defensive lynch pin for seasons, garnering charge after charge. However, as the younger generation moved in, Hair Jordan moved out. Last season were career lows across the board for Collison. He averaged only 1.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 20 contests. However, in 23 attempts, he made 14. Giving him a career best 60.9 percent from the field.

The loyalty to the franchise and the city is almost breathtaking. Collison could have gone to Golden State, where one of his better buddies is playing. He could have probably gotten a ring the easy way out. For this man that has taken so much pounding on the defensive side of the ball, this is a thank you to the Thunder. His reunion tour will be a golden comb at each away game. Almost like a Kobe Bryant type of things.

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