Report: Nets have interest in Jason Collins

Jason Collins in 2007. (AP)

First Jason Kidd, then Lawrence Frank and Roy Rogers… Now Jason Collins?

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Brooklyn Nets have a significant interest in bringing Jason Collins back to the Nets franchise, where he played for the first six and a half seasons of his career. He also has ties to the newest Nets, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, having played with them last season in Boston. Garnett did not approve of the deal that sent Collins to Washington in February, according to the report.

The 34-year-old Collins is most notable for becoming the first openly gay athlete in the NBA and first openly gay male athlete in professional US team sports, coming out in April shortly after his season ended with Washington. Nets players and management have supported Collins in his decision to come out, both publicly and privately.

Collins played in just 38 games last season (starting 9), averaging 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game. The Nets would assuredly sign him for the veteran’s minimum. He is represented by Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group, the same agency that represents Nets starting center Brook Lopez, shooting guard Joe Johnson, and new shooting guard Jason Terry.

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post refuted the report, quoting a source in the organization that says the Nets are not interested in bringing Collins back.

Yahoo! Sports — Nets interested in signing free-agent center Jason Collins

New York Post — Nets not interested in Collins, first openly gay NBA player: source

Comments

  1. They need to worry about re-signing Blatche before they can focus on any other center

  2. HECK NO!  There is no room on the Roster for Jason Collins.  Marshon left.  Reggie stayed.  We don’t need 7 bigs.  We need Shaun Livingston as a back up PG.  We need Kyle Korver as a wing who can defend, stretch the floor, and bury 3 pointers off the bench.  We need CJ Leslie as a developmental player, who’s athletic enough to guard Paul George type athletes.  We have very few draft picks left.  We need players to develop like CJ Leslie.  We 1000% have to re-sign Blatche.  We don’t need Jason Collins.  Even if Blatche leaves, he has no role on this team that isn’t already filled by Reggie and Plumlee off the bench.

  3. NOT the first openly gay male athlete in major team sports in the US, that would be soccer’s Robbie Rogers (USMNT, MLS, England), who came out several months earlier, and has since signed and played for the LA Galaxy as a gay male. Yet, I still love Jason Collins, and very much appreciate his courage!