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Report: Pistons not that interested in Jason Collins, after all

Aug 11, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collins controls the ball in Atlanta

The Pistons have just two players who fit well at center, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe – both of whom project to start for Detroit. If either of those two gets hurt or into foul trouble, the Pistons would be in a bind. So, it’s likely they’ll use their final open roster spot on a big man.

Jason Collins is available, and it was reported yesterday the Pistons were interested. He has the size to fill the role Detroit needs someone to handle, so the addition would make sense.

But no so fast.

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

But two sources with knowledge of the Pistons’ plans told The News that Collins is not being seriously considered.

The Pistons are looking at several potential bigs to back up Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, and they prefer one younger than Collins, 34, who is near the end of his career.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

There are several available big men who the Pistons could sign. I don’t doubt the veracity of the initial report, but I wonder how many players it could have been written about.

I bet the Pistons have discussed their vacancy with several big men. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they invited multiple bigs to training camp and kept one after they competed for the job.

Maybe that includes Collins. Maybe not.

I don’t know who leaked the information for the initial report, but both Collins and the Pistons benefit. Collins, the first active gay player in North American team sports, gets to indicate he’s NBA worthy. The Pistons get a publicity boost for being associated with Collins, who’s now the most well-known potential third-string big man in the league.

But the Pistons still need to add a big man, and Collins still needs to find a job.

  1. cowboysfaninbuffalove - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    It would be insightful and good journalism to say what other big men are available. … just sayin

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      Cole Aldrich, Joel Pryzbilla, Drew Gooden, & Aaron Gray. The pickin’s are real slim, but all would be a major upgrade over Collins. Collins hasn’t been good since John Lennon was still alive (Joking, joking. Don’t trip).

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    The Warriors traded away a couple big men for salary reasons… and aren’t they building a new arena in San Fran? Just sayin…

  3. biasedhomer - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Why would any team even sign Jason Collins?

    • patfic15 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:44 AM

      Because he’s gay. And we need that in sports. OPENLY. -MSM

      • Kurt Helin - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        I will just say this again for fun… you know what the MSM is into? Money. Nothing more, nothing less. Who owns NBC and what do they expect of it? Your answer is profit. And while we at PBT strive to provide you a broad coverage of the NBA, at the end of the day, guess what I must deliver?

        So thank you for clicking on and commenting on this article to prove my judgement correct.

    • brianjoates - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      He will be on an nba team this upcoming season. There is the obvious reason for the big picture of continuing to evolve our society.

      But there is also an even bigger message that can be made that Jason Collins needs to earn his spot on a team, nobody should get a job just because of race, gender or sexual orientation.

  4. 00maltliquor - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Jason Collins is not on an NBA roster, nor was he when he came out. Can you please stop calling him “the first openly gay athlete in North American team sports”? Otherwise give John Amaechi his due recognition.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      Okay, so what was the reason these two comments got blocked?^^ You can’t handle the truth? Nothing derogatory. Nothing “baiting”. Just facts from a true basketball fan who demands facts. Step your game up, this is getting ridiculous.

  5. miamatt - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

    I see what you did there.

  6. dysraw1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    my question is in all his years in the league, did he ever have a 20-10 game

    • antaresrex - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      I had to go look this up because what else is basketball-reference for. He actually didn’t. He had a 20-9, a 19-13, and an 18-12, though.

      • dysraw1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM


  7. mcsuave - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Jason was a fair player, but always on the back end of a roster.

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