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Nets make it official, announce signing of Jason Collins to 10-day contract

Feb 23, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT

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The Nets announced the signing of Jason Collins to a 10-day contract on Sunday, making him the first openly gay, active professional athlete to play for any of the four major professional sports leagues in the country.

While that’s a milestone certainly worth celebrating, the best part of the Collins signing is that it has nothing to do with his sexual preference.

“The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision,” Nets GM Billy King said in the team’s official release — one which made no mention of Collins’ sexuality.

Brooklyn was after Glen Davis to shore up its front court rotation, and had he chosen the Nets instead of the Clippers after being bought out by the Magic, the historic addition of Collins might not have taken place — further proving that his signing was 100 percent about basketball, and nothing else.

A team can sign a player to up to two 10-day contracts, after which they must sign him for the remainder of the season if they wish to further retain his services. But there’s a good chance that if Collins impressed enough in workouts for the Nets to add him, he’ll stick for the rest of the season — especially when considering the fact that Kevin Garnett rests on the second night of back-to-back sets.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement on the Collins signing:

“Jason told us that his goal was to earn another contract with an NBA team. Today, I want to commend him on achieving his goal. I know everyone in the NBA family is excited for him and proud that our league fosters an inclusive and respectful environment.”

Collins will be in uniform Sunday night in Los Angeles when the Nets face the Lakers.

  1. smackingfools - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Who couldn’t see this coming? If he was straight he wouldn’t even be considered for a 10 day contract. But that’s America for you.

    • apkyletexas - Feb 23, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      What a load of BS. Any big man who can move at all is an incredibly valuable commodity in the NBA, and Collins has proven his worth for 13 years, including 6 straight years of playoffs with the Nets (including their finals runs) from 2002-2007. In 9 years worth of playoffs through 2012 with Atlanta, he has averaged over 20 minutes a game, proving that he has been a highly valuable 2nd-team player. No one probably knows more about the skill set of Collins than his new coach and longtime teammate, Jason Kidd.

      Anyone who can’t stand America because of your extreme prejudices against the skin color and/or private life choices of a 7 foot guy in the NBA needs to seriously consider finding a new country.

    • j0esixpack - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Didn’t Collins spend his first 7 season playing for the Nets?

      There’s probably some fans that cheered him before but will boo him now, but that’s America for you

    • byrdymann - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      I totally agree with your comment, The guy has a career avg of what one point and two rebounds. I’m 6’0” and can get that or more. Pay me one or two hundred thousand, I got ya.

      • apkyletexas - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        No you can’t. Blake Griffin would truck you once, and you’d spend the rest of the season in the hospital and rehab.

      • jerze2387 - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        exactly. If i spent 10 mins on the court, i could stand there and get the right bounce of the ball at least once.

        and the point is collins is 7 feet tall. he had 1 job, to get rebounds. and he gets 1. so he doesnt get reboundS…he gets A rebound.

  2. seanb20124 - Feb 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I hope Obama tweets him some words of encouragement

  3. drpepper2013 - Feb 23, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Yes you truly are a fool. If that was the case he would have signed way before now

  4. jerze2387 - Feb 23, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Kinda seems like teams were guilted into signing him. With all the mentions of his being unsigned after coming out by the media (especially after Michael sam), it seems like a team just gave in to prove them wrong. Especially at a time when teams are signing younger players, or d-league players with more upside, to pick a veteran whos well past his prime, a prime that wasnt that spectacular to begin with, seems like it wasnt because of what he contributes on the court. Theres plenty of younger, higher upside guys that can get 4rebounds and 4 points per game, per collins career averages (not to mention 1.6 rpg and 1.1 ppg last year in 10 mins. But nobody cited that lack of production as the reason he wasnt signed).

    I have no problem with his personal life choices. i just dont agree that it should be a crutch when somebody doesnt get chosen for something on merits, and they, as well as the media, cries foul until they get their way. jason collins is a crappy player, period. he hung around much longer than he should have as it is.

    • xLith - Feb 23, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      I agree. The pussification of America continues.

    • savvybynature - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      Actually, his lack of production WAS cited as the reason he hadn’t been signed. By none other than the commissioner of the league in fact.
      I don’t really see why one team would sign him just to placate the media. I mean, Prokhorov is gonna be paying huge luxury tax penalties for this signing (relative to his contract anyway), you really think he would do that just to throw a bone to the US media? Doesn’t make any sense at all.

  5. money2long - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    the nfl can’t be too pleased

  6. rcali - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Hope the Nets don’t get hurt patting themselves on the back. At least their focused on a potential playoff run.

  7. scmems07 - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Who wants to bet he gets a standing ovation if he gets in the game? This guy has got more media coverage in the last year alone than the rest of his 12 year career combined.

    Sorry, this may be just me, but of I played sports at the highest level I would like to be remembered for my play, not my life choices. Collins and Sam, no matter how good or bad they are, will now only be remembered for one thing, and that’s a shame.

    • savvybynature - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Yeah sort of like how Jackie Robinson’s career was so shameful. Dude was all about breaking that racial barrier, why didn’t he just play baseball and shut up and be remembered for that? I’m sure his kids do everything in their power to distance themselves from him/heavy, heavy sarcasm
      Who cares if he gets a standing O? Why should it bother you? Isn’t it possible that he came out because he was tired of living a lie and would rather just tell people himself rather than have TMZ or some a-hole tabloid digging in his business to try and sell the latest “scoop”?

  8. djshnooks - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Please forgive my not-knowing…but what is the point of a ten-day contract? Why not sign him for the year…what’s 10 days???

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      It’s basically a tryout for a full contract

      • jerze2387 - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        the last 12 years of mediocre play havent been enough of a tryout???

      • Kevin S. - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        He’s the fourteenth man on the team. What caliber player do you think most teams have in that slot?

      • jerze2387 - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        @Kevin S. Most teams have prospects in that spot. Young guys stashed away for future use or development. Not 12 year veterans who will provide nothing now and nothing in the future

      • savvybynature - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Also, there may be more buyout candidates that become available that they may be interested in. Gives them more roster flexibility is all.

    • genericcommenter - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Plus it provides roster and financial flexibility. They can just pay whatever the 10 day minimum is, and then drop him if someone better comes along or they don’t want to pay him the rest of the year. Or if something happens like one of their guards gets injured and they decide to carry an extra reserve guard instead.

  9. antistratfordian - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    The Nets finally did something right this year.

  10. rajbais - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    History had been made! Congratulations Jason!

  11. velocirep - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    I wonder if his kids will play like Stephen curry, Tim hardaway, glen rice or austin rivers, etc. Seems like the genes carry through in NBA players

    • jerze2387 - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      uh…. Jason collins was a fringe player. So f the genes are watred down at all, not likely.

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