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Report: Nets considering signing Jason Collins to 10-day contract

Feb 20, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT

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

It’s been expected that the Nets would look to bring in another big man this season. While they have had success with a smaller lineup since Brook Lopez went down sometimes you need a traditional big for matchup purposes.

That big man may be Jason Collins, reports Ohn Youngmisuk and Marc Stein at ESPNNewYork.com.

The Brooklyn Nets worked out Jason Collins this week in Los Angeles and are giving strong consideration to signing the free-agent center to a 10-day contract that would position him to become the NBA’s first active openly gay player, ESPN.com has learned.

Sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com that the Nets, after letting Thursday’s trade deadline pass without a deal for the Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Hill, are weighing the addition of another big man and have identified Collins as a prime candidate to join their frontcourt rotation via the 10-day route.

Collins came out as gay publicly to much fanfare last April and he was often touted as the first openly gay male on a major American team sports squad. Except he wasn’t. At age 35 and on the downside of his career there were limited teams that could use a veteran big for just post defense and rebounding. We’ll likely never know what role Collins being publicly gay played in the few teams that could have used him going in other directions.

However, it looks like the Nets — an organization Collins has played for before — are leaning toward him.

The Nets are currently the five seed in the East and want to more than hold on to a playoff spot, they want to catch the Toronto Raptors for the Atlantic Division lead. That’s not likely, the Raptors have by far the easiest schedule left of any team in the NBA, but that’s the target the Nets have set.

Collins may be a part of that.

  1. rehabguy - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    This is Blank Stare News at its finest.

  2. shanelsweet - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    At this point, any time I read about the Nets signing another player, I’d like to know how much more the other NBA owners are soaking it to that rich Russian owner of the Nets. What’s he up to now, $300 million in salary expenses for this year?

    • tuberippin - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Well, he’s worth about $13,200,000,000 … so I can’t imagine 300,000,000 (or less than 3% of his net worth, not counting however much insurance covers for players’ salaries) is that much of a deal, especially considering his main aim has to be establishing a brand that will become more lucrative over time.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        Nets fans probably aren’t so concerned about Prokhorov’s bank account as much as the future salary commitments and lack of draft picks. This team is already bad and is only going to get worse over the next 3-5 years.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        The Nets have not made a move that affects future flexibilty or cost draft picks since aquiring KG and Paul Pierce.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    I’m considering reading this article. Nahhhh

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      Too late.

  4. scottychicago - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    I hope they do so we can end the debate of why nobody has signed the aging player with limited skill set who happens to be gay. we can finally move on.

  5. El Pollo Loco - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Marv Albert says YES!

  6. Big Ant TV - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    if they sign him expect a spike in tix sales from the gay community for these 10 days for the nets THERE MAKE ALOT OF MONEY and if they do produce his jersey at the stores in nyc thats even more $$$$

  7. psly2124 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    He was one of the worst players in the league for many years. Nets will not sign him. Just a gimmick to keep them in the press.

  8. sportsfan18 - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Forget the gay issue. He can’t play, he never could.

    Here is a breakdown of PER and and what it means.

    The league average, every season, is 15.00, here is a reference guide:
    A Year For the Ages: 35.0
    Runaway MVP Candidate: 30.0
    Strong MVP Candidate: 27.5
    Weak MVP Candidate: 25.0
    Bona fide All-Star: 22.5
    Borderline All-Star: 20.0
    Solid 2nd option: 18.0
    3rd Banana: 16.5
    Pretty good player: 15.0
    In the rotation: 13.0
    Scrounging for minutes: 11.0
    Definitely renting: 9.0
    The Next Stop: DLeague 5.0

    Jason Collin’s career PER is 7.1

    Here are his yearly PER’s by season in his career

    10.7
    9.9
    10.0
    8.6
    5.5
    3.0
    3.4
    3.3
    0.9 (yes, POINT NINE. he was 31 yrs old this season)
    5.4
    3.7
    3.0

    At his BEST, he was scrounging for min’s…

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      To be fair, PER is a mostly offensive measurement that is not friendly to players who primarily bring defense. Collins was always a poor offensive player whose specialty was really post defense and some rebounding. PER is not a good way to measure his contributions.

  9. money2long - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    headlines

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