Jason Collins to sign with Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets worked out free agent forward Jason Collins last week and were strongly considering signing him. According to various reports, Collins will sign a 10-day contract with the Nets and be available to play against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
As Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported, Collins was Plan B for the Nets after they pursued Glen Davis. Big Baby is expected to clear waivers at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Collins came out as gay last year and has been a free agent since due to his age and declining ability. The 35-year-old played for the Washington Wizards last season.
Once he signs, Collins will become the first openly gay player in one of the four major American sports. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com noted that Collins has said he wanted to be signed as a basketball decision and not a PR stunt, and it seems he will get his wish. The Nets are in need of front court help after trading Reggie Evans and missing out on Davis.