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Report: Darren Collison won't return to NBA despite interest

Clippers, Lakers were reportedly among teams seeking services of veteran guard

Despite interest from several contenders, retired guard Darren Collison will not return to the NBA this season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Collison, a 32-year-old guard who had retired in June after a 10-year career, had drawn interest from the Lakers and Clippers.

In an interview in June, Collison cited his religion as a reason for his retirement.

“While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith,” Collison said. “I am one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me.

“I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched.”

Collison averaged 12.5 points and 5.0 assists in his 10-year career, with stints with the Pacers, Clippers, New Orleans Hornets, Kings and Mavericks.