Report: Nets to sign Jason Collins

The Brooklyn Nets will sign 35-year-old center Jason Collins to a ten-day contract, making him the first active openly gay male professional athlete in one of the four major U.S. sports, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Collins will reportedly be available for tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Nets were reportedly in the running for forward Glen Davis, who was recently bought out by the Orlando Magic. But Davis will reportedly join the Los Angeles Clippers, teaming up with former head coach Doc Rivers and filling their need for a third big man.

Collins hasn’t played since the 2012-2013 season, when he suited up for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards. Collins wore #98 as a subtle tribute to Matthew Shepard, a gay student who was murdered because of his sexuality in 1998.

Collins played with the Nets for six and a half seasons between 2001 and 2008, playing with Nets coach Jason Kidd during that time. He also played briefly with Nets guard Joe Johnson for the Atlanta Hawks, and last season with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics.