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Report: Jason Collins ‘stands a good chance’ of receiving an NBA contract for next season

Aug 24, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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

Jason Collins is a 12-year NBA veteran who began last year with the Boston Celtics and finished it with the Washington Wizards. But he made national headlines two weeks after the regular season had ended by announcing he was gay, becoming the first active professional athlete in one of the four major team sports to do so.

The “active”part is where it gets tricky, because technically, Collins disclosed this fact during the offseason, and he isn’t yet under contract for next season, either. But the latter is likely to change before training camps get going at the end of September.

From Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com:

Will Collins, who reportedly met with the Detroit Pistons a few weeks ago, receive a contract offer for the 2013-14 season? An informal survey of league executives at Las Vegas Summer League suggests that Collins, who remains a free agent, stands a good chance to be in uniform on opening night this fall as teams flesh out their rosters with 12th, 13th and 14th men in the weeks leading up to training camp.

“He’s a September player,” one front office exec said. “He’s a positive locker room influence and still plays big. The league likes him.”

Collins is still in the league because of his professional demeanor and work ethic, along with the fact that he can give you 10 or so minutes per game while not hurting his team defensively. He’s not going to put up much in the way of numbers, but it never hurts to add a seven-footer with a high basketball IQ to the end of the bench.

Collins’ revelation should have zero impact on whether or not he’s added to a roster for next season, but it will be interesting to see how other players around the league handle it. The best we can hope for is that it ends up being a complete non-story.

  1. bills399 - Aug 24, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    who cares. He gets attention because of his sexual preference? He averages 1 point a game, he sucks.

  2. ranfan12 - Aug 24, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    I agree. Although pretty unproductive player in comparison with the others, he can at least give forwards/centers rest still. He’s close to 7 feet if he isn’t already, and that’s reason enough to have him

  3. ranfan12 - Aug 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Lol, it’s likely that there are people on the sides ready to cry discrimination just in case he doesn’t get picked up

  4. limonadamas - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    You keep saying you want it to be a non-story, but you keep posting stories about the situation without any new information. Which is it? I understand if there are posts after he signs, but what is this, if not trying to make it a story?

  5. 2016olympics - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Prokhorov & Nets should sign him, just to stick it to Putin.

  6. divan22 - Aug 25, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    Isn’t the whole goal of establishing a judgment-free society where we’re all treated as equals compromised by rubbish like this?

    THE ONLY reason this “news” made its way onto this site is because Collins is gay. This is more inequality, just in the opposite direction!

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      We’ve done a number of posts on guys trying to get end of the bench jobs and getting workouts. We also do posts on what people are talking about and want to know more about, and based on our numbers there is interest in Collins. I think the question is why this bothers you?

      • divan22 - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Hahahaha nice attempt at implying that it’s ME who unethically wanted this inequality for the lone out-of-the-closet NBA homosexual and not YOU.

        Want to know why it bothered me, Kurt? Because in the real world (and not simply the unethical journalistic rat-race where it’s ALL about how many clicks you can generate) people who are different simply want to be treated as EQUALS.

        They don’t want to be given preferential treatment and they sure as hell don’t want the glaring spotlight you’re shining on Jason Collins.

        There is no way a player of Collins’ caliber generates 10% of the spotlight you’ve shined on him if he weren’t gay. Hell, you even chose the pic of him at a pride parade!

        Know how to give a gay NBA player the full respect and equality he’s desperately wanted his whole life? Want to know how you can do YOUR part as a journalist in the good fight towards a judgment-free society? STOP REMINDING US AT EVERY TURN THAT HE’S DIFFERENT. LET HIM FIT IN.

        It’s more inequality, Kurt, just in the opposite direction. I’m sorry that you can’t see how unethical this is, but then again, you’re no worse in this regard than most journalists nowadays. It’s unfortunate.

        Let’s see if you even have the integrity to not delete this post. I’ll be posting this entire exchange on my social media platforms in case it magically disappears from here.

      • Kurt Helin - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        Again, we write about what people care about and are talking about. Based on response people clearly care more about Jason Collins and his future than they do, say, Josh Childress. Or 100 other guys. So you get stories about him. There is really no agenda here. He’s either going to land a spot or not (or get picked up once camp starts after an injury), that’s it. But the readers clearly care.

    • notfol - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      Updates on NBA players gets 24×7 coverage. Collins is of _slightly_ more interest than most of these end of the bench guys because he came out. I have to guess everyone complaining about this story knew what it was going to say before they read it. Kwame Brown got a lot of attention, too.

      If Brown, Camby, Nazr Mohammed deserve deals, so does Collins. There are plenty of younger, more athletic players in the D-League & in Europe, but teams like to have some veterans around when they are a steadying influence. If Collins was really getting special treatment because he was gay, some team would have already signed him & started marketing Team Pride night.

  7. mauldawg - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Who really cares? Enough about this person already.

  8. jimsjam33 - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    ” The best we can hope for is that it becomes a complete non-story . ” Brett Pollakoff

    I completely agree . Let’s start now with you since you keep writing about this non-story ex-player . Kurt Helin won’t stop bantering from his pro-gay platform based upon everybody is a bigot if this guy doesn’t land a job .

    His asks , ” The question is why does this bother you ? ”

    And the answer is your staff gives this no news Ex the same attention your baseball staff writers give Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers . One player is sports news worthy and one is not . You just can’t get in your mind that this is a sports commentary page and not a human issues opinion spotlight for you .

    • notfol - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      This is a basketball blog. Who cares about Yasiel Puig? Puig is top story on the baseball side, here. Just not for good reasons today. He could be a great player, he could be Jeff Fancoeur.

  9. atahualpaoxford - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Perhaps he’s good to sit at the end of the bench, but, what happens when the guys are in the shower and the soap falls to the floor…???

  10. bigmizzax - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    If he gets signed, it is absolutely because he is gay. This guy, as an athlete, is not good enough to be in the NBA. Why a team would waste a roster spot on him instead of a young, raw player from D-League or Europe is beyond me.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      This is just plain wrong — he has had a roster spot in the NBA the last couple seasons (and KG didn’t want him traded) because he brings defense, rebounding and a respected presence in the locker room. I can assure you no team will hire him because he’s gay (it will be almost despite it because of the media attention), it’s because they want that veteran in the room not an unpredictable rookie.

      • divan22 - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Yeah, bigmizzax got it all wrong. He won’t be signed simply because he is gay… he will, however, be the subject of several more posts on this site simply because he is gay. With the pic of him at a gay pride parade to boot!

        Who cares about the promotion of more inequality? PBT needs their clicks!

      • Kurt Helin - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Says the guy who clicked on the story and read the comments and then commented himself….

        People, we write about what people are talking about. You are talking about this so we write about it. If you really didn’t care you wouldn’t have clicked on the article.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        So why not draft colin powell if you want leadership? It’s not like Collins will give you anything on the court. He wasn’t very good when he was young, and isn’t any good now, plus he’s old. While there are plenty of people out there who aren’t bothered by his sexuality, I’d imagine that NBA locker rooms, which are filled with young black men, have some homophobia present, which could prove to counteract whatever “benefit” a veteran guy can provide. If he gets signed, it’s because NBA GMs make mistakes all the time.

  11. jimsjam33 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Unfortunately for Collins the game of basketball is not played in a room ( veteran or not ) the game is played on a court .
    Let me understand your statement above . You are writing about Collins because you feel media attention might get him a job on a NBA team ? Pathetic . All the young men on D league and Euro teams who deserve a chance in NBA should wait because Collins is now gay and need of a job . He certainly is not the best qualified .
    Remember this is a player who ” came out ” a few months ago after he was released by the Celtics . His revelation and come out party just happened to coincide with his release and his termination of an 11 year live-in relationship with a woman who saw no gay tendencies . Oh yeah , his twin brother Jerrod also was surprised by his brothers sexual status .
    The media and media crusaders have been ” played ” by this scammer .

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