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Jason Collins reportedly drawing interest from Detroit Pistons

Aug 10, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

NBA player Jason Collins marches in the Gay Pride Parade in Boston Reuters

The Detroit Pistons have “registered exploratory interest” in signing free agent center Jason Collins, according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne. Collins became a free agent after finishing last season with the Washington Wizards, but the 34-year-old has made many more headlines this summer due to his sexual orientation as opposed to anything having to do with his basketball career.

Collins famously became the first active player in any of the four major US sports to announce that he’s gay when he wrote a Sports Illustrated article back in April, but there’s been very little talk about his “active” basketball career ever since. That could change soon, however, if the Pistons get past the exploratory stage and decide to sign the 7-footer to back up Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond in their frontcourt.

Collins has 12 seasons of NBA experience, though his productivity has waned since being a solid starter for the New Jersey Nets from 2001 through the 2007 season. The center scored just 41 points and picked up 85 fouls in 38 games between the Wizards and Boston Celtics this past season, but he’s still been able to find a bit of success on the defensive end and has been known throughout his career as being a positive influence in the locker room.

Even if it’s not with the Pistons, Collins should have an opportunity to play NBA basketball this season because locker-room leading veteran bigs who are willing to do the little things are always in command. If he ends up not being signed, however, hopefully it’s due to his skillset declining as his age progresses — something that our own Dan Feldman wrote about a while back —  and not because of his sexual orientation.

  1. gatordontplay - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    somebody better sign that queer or he can sue the league for discrimination. when the reality is he cant play anymore

    • bluflower010 - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Such lovely comments, wonder if you hurt ppls feelings calling him a queer?

    • irvin12589 - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      If you go to this comment should be the first example of the use of the word “IGNORANCE”

    • stoudemelo - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      You’re an idiot. “That queer” really I’m surprised you didn’t point out that he is black too? Wtf is wrong with you. Didnt realize you knew more than Joe D and can determine if he’s worthy of a contract based on absolutely nothing factual. Yes he’s old but guys like Jerry Stackhouse and Jamal Tinsley sit on the end of benches and they’re alright. Detroit is looking for a roster filler with the leagues minimum in mind.

      People like you are the exactly what is wrong with our society. I’m sure you placed your presidential vote based solely on race as well you inbred moron.

      • gatordontplay - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        You’re absolutely right I voted on the presidential election based on color just like all the blacks did.. 2 way street buddy. Sorry im not going to praise jason collins for being a below average proffesional basketball player.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Below average professional basketball players don’t play 12 years in the NBA – they play 12 years in Turkey or Italy.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        I don’t know what is sadder. The comment itself, or that almost as many people liked it as disliked it.

    • jamieaadams - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      Can you be sued for stupid?

    • redbaronx - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      @gatordontplay – You really had to call the guy “queer”? Just because you might be afraid you are gay doesn’t mean you have to prove you hate gays by calling the dude “queer”. Stick to basketball……

  2. shanelsweet - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Calling him a “locker-room leading” vet seems a bit of a stretch at this point. The Wizards need another big man and have a spot they are keeping open, but they’ve passed on him. It can’t be that surprising to folks that the NBA isn’t quite ready for a big, older, gay man to sit at the end of the bench, can it?

  3. rushbacker - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Nice job finding the photo with the rainbow flag, that was subtle.

    • limonadamas - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Totally agree… If you want it to be about his basketball skills and not about his orientation, you’re doing a terrible job, PBT. =T

  4. millertime1101 - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    they need a center but there are better centers I don’t think they will pick him up

    • jamieaadams - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      What better centers are still available?

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:42 AM

        ALL of them not named Collins.

  5. bifford - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Collins would be a good pickup for Detroit. He would be the 15th man on the roster, and be there more as a vet presence and insurance for injuries.

    Sexual orientation shouldn’t even be an issue. He’s been a consummate professional his entire career.

  6. multiplemiggs - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    hahaha he puts other boy’s PP’s in his mouth haha

  7. DonKellyBaby - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    The Pistons are building one dysfunctional locker room.

  8. haterhurter937 - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    he sucks on the court…and off it.

  9. unfly - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I support this guy being who he is, but if I’m an NBA GM I have to wonder if the inevitable media circus is worth it for a backup center on the wrong side of 30.

  10. norcal031 - Aug 10, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    My question is will he be able to stop backdoor penetration, and especially my favorite type…dribble penetration to the hole by guys like LeBron?

  11. blacknsilver - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    i support Collins all the way but if he doesn’t get signed it’s not because of his sex. in fact i think it helps his chances
    with that being said he stills provides veteran leadership and some defensive capabilities

  12. rickmyralls - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM


  13. ryanprzy - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I’d like for us to sign Cole Aldrich

  14. onlyavoice - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    A locker-room leading veteran big.
    He would have had a job already if he kept his mouth shut.
    Now teams do not sign him because the one area he is good (the locker room) is where
    the players do not want him anymore.
    This is the exact reason Nash hasn’t publicly came out, It’s A Job.

  15. drago2012 - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    He was never a really great basketball player but he was a positive influence in the locker room the story goes. It becomes clear to me that he must have folded the uniforms for his teammates and kept their lockers tidy. Every locker room could use a queer or two !!!! He would be great addition to Detroit because only thugs and queers would like it there!!!

  16. abchome - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    He could be an effective post defender. Not to be mean or something, but seriously I don’t think many players would try to post him up.

  17. downwithespn - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    If I was a writer for this site, I would be ashamed to learn what kind of mouth breathers my articles were attracting.

  18. defeetrexryan - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Only a matter of time before TMZ snaps a pic of him and Kris Humphries making out it is.

  19. multiplemiggs - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Maybe he can come and decorate the locker room.

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