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Report: Brooklyn Nets to sign Jason Collins for rest of season

Mar 12, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

Jason Collins, Andrei Kirilenko

Jason Collins received a 10-day contract from the Brooklyn Nets and made good on that. Then he received a second 10-day contract and made good on that.

Now, the Nets must sign him for the rest of the season – league rules say a team can sign a player to only two 10-day contracts – or drop him from their roster.

As they planned all along, they’re choosing the former.

Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Nets, who feel they’re getting everything they expected from Collins when they signed him for frontcourt depth Feb. 23, are already operating under the premise that the 34-year-old will finish the season with them even though his second 10-day deal doesn’t expire until after Friday. Sources say that the internal expectation all along was that Collins would be a Net for the rest of the season, from the moment he signed his first 10-day deal, as long he proved that he could still be an effective defender, which he did immediately.

Collins has played just 78 minutes in eight games, so it’s tough to evaluate him. His apparent production – five points, six rebounds, two assists, six steals, zero blocks, six turnovers and 18 fouls – isn’t great. The Nets haven’t excelled with him on the court (104.8/109.4/-4.6), either, though he’s mostly played with other reserves.

But Nets’ coaching staff and front office know Collins well. They want him to fill a very specific and small role once the playoffs begin, and they obviously see him as capable of doing that.

Some thought signing the first openly gay player in the four major North American team sports would be a difficult distraction to overcome. But Brooklyn 7-2 since adding Collins. It’s a credit to everyone his stint with the Nets so far has gone without incident, and now they can keep him for the rest of the year with the comfort of knowing how smoothly this has gone and likely will go.

Brooklyn play the Heat tonight, so there’s still a chance the Nets reverse course. But considering how Miami prefers to play small, Collins is probably more likely to get his second DNP-CD than get injured.

Expect Collins’ rest-of-season contract to become official Saturday.

  1. reesesteel23 - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    five points, six rebounds, two assists, six steals, zero blocks, six turnovers and 18 fouls — isn’t great

    Don’t be so generous man. Its frickin horrendous. Steals are the only thing that stick out and that’s the last thing the Nets expected to get from the guy.

  2. sportsfan18 - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Jason Collins PER right now for his time with the Nets this season is a NEGATIVE ONE POINT TWO.

    -1.2

    Yes, that screams given him more time with us!

    He can’t play and he never could play.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      It’s adorable how you insist on using an offense-only statistic to deem him worthless. He misses the career minutes cutoff by 120 min, but he’d be right around 25th among active players in Defensive Rating. For the last guy on the bench getting ten minutes per night, I won’t complain about that.

  3. mp4philly - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    That’s a great picture lol

  4. Kevin S. - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    It’s adorable how you insist on using an offense-only statistic to deem him worthless. He misses the career minutes cutoff by 120 min, but he’d be right around 25th among active players in Defensive Rating. For the last guy on the bench getting ten minutes per night, I won’t complain about that.

  5. trickybastard - Mar 12, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    “first openly gay player in the four major North American team sports” makes itself into every single article as if we didn’t know.

    You know when a society has progressed? When people don’t mention race or sexual orientation. I can see if it cause a problem with teammates or opposing players but it clearly hasn’t. At this point, it comes off as milking a story for all its worth.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      You know what the media is? A democracy. You get more of what you watch/click. Every time somebody clicks and comments on a Collins post to tell me how it shouldn’t matter, all I can say is if you really didn’t care you actually wouldn’t read it. Nobody is forcing this on you, you choose to click on it, read, and comment. You tell me there should be more of this. You.

      • trickybastard - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        First of all, media is a contrived notion of journalism and reporting. Nowadays, especially in social media, you create stories just as much you report them. You and your editors know the game on covering hot button topics so that you can drum up web traffic and show the numbers to upper management.

        You know what customer feedback is? It’s called the comment section. Try using it.

      • bigmeechy74 - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        awww… did he touch a nerve? poor wittle guy

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