Source: Clips to keep Jarron Collins

Updated: October 25, 2010, 6:58 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Clippers are going to keep center Jarron Collins on their opening night roster, a source close to the situation said on Monday.

They have a spot after announcing that they cut forward Marqus Blakely.

Collins, the former Harvard-Westlake [Studio City] and Stanford star was considered a long shot to make the team coming into training camp because he was on an unguaranteed contract. But the nine-year veteran impressed the Clippers staff with his ability and leadership qualities enough to earn a job at a position where the team lacked depth.

Collins played for the Phoenix Suns last season after eight years in Utah with the Jazz.

Blakely, who earned a training camp invite with a strong performance at the Las Vegas Summer League, was under strong consideration until the last minute, but the team is deeper at the wing position.

The Clippers' opening night roster stands at 14 players. Los Angeles opens it's season Wednesday night at Staples Center against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.