Kidd is the current coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and the two were teammates on the Nets for seven seasons from 2001-2008. Kidd values his former teammate and says the franchise even talked about the possibility of signing the free agent center, though they ultimately elected not to.
The Nets currently have a full roster, but Kidd believes Collins has a lot to offer.
“His knowledge as a veteran . . . can help a young team,” Kidd said of Collins, via Newsday. “He’ll find a job at some point.”
In April, Collins became the first male athlete in major professional US sports to announce he is gay. Even before he made his announcement, Collins’ chances of getting a job this season seemed slim. He is 34 and not much more than a big-bodied center who can provide a few minutes of solid defense. He’ll likely only be picked up if a team has an injury and needs someone to fill in.