Darren Collison makes a sneaky appearance from Lakers in a great tip from the free agency

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The NBA trade date came and went without the Lakers coming on, but that doesn't mean changes in rosters are not yet in the works.

Free agent Darren Collison was spotted at the Staples Center on Thursday evening with Lakers owner Jeannie Buss in the second row. The two arrived with their hoodies pulled up and hoped to remain discreet, according to ESPN.com.

But it didn't take long because Collison was broadcast on the jumbotron above the courtyard and received a roaring applause from the local crowd.

Collison, who cited religious reasons for his sudden exit from the NBA in June after his game since 2009, would be a timely addition for the Lakers, who needed a second top scorer all season after LeBron James. The Clippers signed a three-team contract with the Knicks and Wizards on Thursday to acquire Marcus Morris.

ESPN had reported last month that Collison, who played for UCLA in college, was considering whether or not to return to the league. But if he did, he would probably be interested in the Lakers or Clippers, the report said.

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When asked if his appearance at the Lakers meant a deal, Collison didn't offer much.

"I'm just watching the game, it's not for me," Collison, 32, told ESPN. "Have the best places in the house."

In 10 seasons, Collison scored an average of 12.5 points and five assists, while shooting 39.4 percent from a distance. He is also familiar with current Lakers coach Frank Vogel, who coached Collison in Indiana from 2010-12.

The Lakers, who are expected to be active in the buyout market, currently have a full 15-man squad and would have to do without someone to sign Collison.

The New York Times reported on Thursday to the Lakers I would also give the free agent guard J.R. Smith a look with a post-trade deadline workout.

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