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Report: Brooklyn targets Jason Collins for roster spot

Jun 28, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

FILE:  NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay Getty Images

After their blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets are going to have to round out their roster with minimum-contract guys who can contribute a little on the court and fit in the locker room.

How about Jason Collins?

The first player in a major American team sport to come out as gay may have found a landing spot for next season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Collins, 34, has close relationships with new Nets coach Jason Kidd and top assistant Lawrence Frank. They were together for seven successful seasons with the Nets when Frank was a coach, Kidd was the point guard and Collins provided a physical, defensive presence.

There’s reason to believe that he’d have a strong comfort level returning to an organization that knows him well and values his tough, defensive-minded sensibilities.

In May, after the season ended, Collins went public with his sexuality in a Sports Illustrated piece.

Collins is a 12-year NBA veteran and a free agent. He was a member of the Celtics with Pierce and Garnett last season, but was shipped to Washington mid-season, something that reportedly didn’t sit well with Garnett.

What the Nets need is defense and to get tougher on the court — Garnett is certainly the key to that transformation. But Collins could help there in a limited role because physical defense is what he does best. And he’s a veteran respected in the locker room wherever he’s been.

This may or may not be come together, but there are limited landing spots for a guy of Collins age and skill set. This would be one of them.

  1. blakegriffin32 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Dammit I actually wanted the clips to pick him up

  2. reesesteel23 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    No Homo

    -Roy Hibbert

    • homegrowntalentmn - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      75k

      • reesesteel23 - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Damn

        -Stunned Roy Hibbert

  3. azarkhan - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Jason Collins is just what the Nets need, a 34 year old veteran who can help lead all that young talent…Not!

  4. doubledown44 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    If you read that whole article by Woj, there are so many reasons for this to happen that I have to think it will. It seems like the perfect fit for both sides.

  5. pmx8411 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Jason Kidd reunion

  6. dirtydavis - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    This clown is straight up attention WH*Re!!!!

    • jamieaadams - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      Because the Nets want to sign him?

      • dirtydavis - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        What??? Let me guess you’re on the other side of the rainbow?

    • andyhr17 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Yes. Damn that guy for wanting to continue what he was doing before he came out! Damn that team for wanting to sign him. He’s so selfish…..

    • kcroyal - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:23 AM

      So how did voting for Romney work out for you? Bout the as voting for Cruz will for you in 2016. You republicans, the party of Jesus, shouldn’t be so ignorant. Jesus was, infact, a liberal.

  7. hannsta - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    The new owner is clearly intent on attracting casual fans with big names. Signing well known vets, hiring Kidd as coach, signing Collins, giving Jay-z ‘creative control’. Nothing wrong with it though, its a buisness, and it will certainally be interesting to follow.

  8. jhb64 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Good for him.hope he finds a job

  9. rodge1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    The Nets are a lock for 4th seed in the East now for sure.

  10. goinballzdeep - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Publicity grab. Tebow-esque move to stay relevent in the NY papers

  11. ccshocktalk - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Maybe they’ll bring back the whole Nets team that took them to the Finals…

  12. redbearwoodall - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Well, it looks like his plan of coming out to get attention and stave off retirement for one year worked.

    • 808raiderinparadise - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Idiot.

    • jamieaadams - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      The Nets want to sign him, and this is the culmination of his master plan?

      Weird. Most dudes with a master plan want to take over the world or something. Collins wants to get signed by the Nets.

  13. allen227 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Lol.

  14. theripster30 - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    “He’s a faaaag!” – Tony Soprano

  15. kw27p - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    What the hell is a net anyway. Dumbest name for a team. Named after a basketball net? C’mon man

  16. dbestpro - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    P.T. Barnum lives.

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