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Report: Pistons won’t sign free agent center Jason Collins

Aug 18, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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A report surfaced last week that the Pistons had interest in adding veteran free agent center Jason Collins to the roster as an insurance policy for the team’s two primary big men, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.

Whatever level of interest there was initially appeared to diminish fairly quickly, as another report surfaced a day later which downplayed the first.

Now comes word that while the Pistons may have indeed been considering Collins, they have decided not to sign him.

From Franz Lidz of Sports Illustrated:

The Detroit Pistons have decided to pass on signing veteran free-agent center Jason Collins, according to an official in the team’s front office, Four months ago the 34-year-old center became the first active male in one of the four major North American team sports to announce he was gay. He recently worked out with the Pistons in the hope of filling out the end of their bench as a reserve.

Collins came out of the closet in a Sports Illustrated cover story during the opening round of this year’s NBA playoffs. He hasn’t played since the revelation, which means the first time he steps onto the court next season will be a trailblazing event.

For those not used to seeing Lidz’s name associated with breaking run-of-the-mill NBA transaction news, it’s worth noting that he’s uniquely qualified to do so where Collins is concerned, as he was the one who broke the story of Collins’ announcement.

As for the player himself, Collins is still looking for somewhere to play next season. He appeared in 32 games for the Celtics last year and averaged 10.2 minutes per contest, before being traded to the Wizards along with Leandro Barbosa in the deal that sent Jordan Crawford to Boston.

  1. timb12 - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    This stinks to high heaven! They’re only not signing him because he’s black and I think that’s disgraceful!

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      To those 29 thumb-downers, I’d like to point out that this is a joke. And that should be obvious. Well done, sir.

  2. btred - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Last time I checked the whole league is almost black, so I’m sure that isn’t the factor.

  3. apkyletexas - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    Or maybe the Pistons read the recent Cosmo magazine article by women’s pro basketball player Carolyn Moos, who explains how Collins screwed her over. He broke off their 7-year relationship and marriage plans in 2009 without explaining that he was gay, only telling her 4 years later on the eve of his Sports Illustrated “coming out” article. That entire 4 years, she thought he left her because she had done something wrong. Even when he did call her the night before the SI article, he told her he was gay but did not tell her that their relationship was about to be discussed in the article the next day. She got slammed by media attention by something she had just found out about herself. Since then, he hasn’t bothered to call her – he’s been “too busy with the media”.

    Apparently, being celebrated as the first openly gay American pro athlete has been more important to him than being honest, or than treating other people decently.

  4. fnc111 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    I think the Key West Fudge Packers of the ECBL are going to sign him to a deal soon.

  5. dvic13 - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    its always funny and a little disappointing when people miss obvious sarcasm.

  6. dezglobal - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Who cares if your gay or straight. If you have talent you’re going to get signed. He didn’t perform well during workouts so they passed on him. it’s like people think just bc he’s gay he should play. It’s business.

  7. fmlizard - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Honestly I wish he had come out a couple years earlier. He is likely to not play this season and I really don’t think it has anything to do with his sexual orientation. It was likely going to be the end of the NBA line for Collins whether he came out or not.

  8. doctordunkenstein - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    It’s not because he’s gay, it’s because he sucks (at basketball)

  9. florida727 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Congratulations, Jason. You got your 15 minutes of fame. Teams now consider you a cancer, and you’ve seen your last NBA paycheck. Might want to check out book publishers and movie script writers. That’s your future… your ONLY future.

  10. therealhtj - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Not that it’s a big deal one way or another, but Detroit didn’t pass on him because he’s gay, but that he’s AT BEST a barely passable NBA player at this stage of his career. Same reason he chose to come out.

  11. jzone954 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    lol at timb12

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