Report: Nets down to Davis and Collins

Glen Davis

Glen Davis
Glen Davis (AP)
The Brooklyn Nets are looking closely at recently released forward Glen Davis, and will pursue former Nets center Jason Collins if Davis decides to go elsewhere, according to a report by Marc Stein and Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.

Davis was recently bought out by the Orlando Magic, and is reportedly deciding between the Nets and Los Angeles Clippers. Doc Rivers, Davis’s former coach when Davis played for the Boston Celtics, is the coach and general manager for the Clippers, and would be able to offer Davis more playing time, but Nets — particularly Kevin Garnett, Davis’s former teammate — are recruiting Davis to join them in Brooklyn.

Davis’s buyout becomes official Monday, and it’s expected that he makes a decision before that deadline. If he decides to join the Clippers, the Nets are expected to tender a ten-day contract to Collins, which would make him the first openly gay active player in one of the four major professional sports.

The 35-year-old Collins came out at the end of the 2013 season and has not played since. The Nets confirmed that they worked him out in a private workout, with general manager Billy King confirming he’s “in shape.

ESPN New York — Brooklyn Nets await Glen Davis’ decision before trying to add Jason Collins