Posted June 28, 2013

Report: Nets interested in bringing back Jason Collins

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The Nets are reportedly interesting in bringing back Jason Collins. (Kwaku Alston/For Sports Illustrated

The Nets are reportedly interesting in bringing back Jason Collins. (Photo by Kwaku Alston/For Sports Illustrated)

The Brooklyn Nets are interested in bringing back free-agent center Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in NBA history, reports Yahoo! Sports.

Collins made public his sexuality in May in a Sports Illustrated article.

The Nets traded for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry during last night’s draft and Collins would bring another veteran presence to the team.

Collins was the 18th overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft and was part of two NBA Finals appearances for the Nets. He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008 and played with the Washington Wizards last season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jason Collins through the years

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Collins, 34, has close relationships with new Nets coach Jason Kidd and top assistant Lawrence Frank. They were together for seven successful seasons with the Nets when Frank was a coach, Kidd was the point guard and Collins provided a physical, defensive presence.

There’s reason to believe that he’d have a strong comfort level returning to an organization that knows him well and values his tough, defensive-minded sensibilities.

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6 comments
SteveCowan
SteveCowan like.author.displayName 1 Like

So, all the gripers here would rather see a white European sit on the bench?  Or is it just a gay/straight thing?  If J. Kidd wants him on the team, it's his call, not yours.

airmjbsanders
airmjbsanders

If the Nets do this, it's obviously a pure PR move!  This team may get more press than the Heat & Lakers COMBINED w/ their startin 5, Kidd as the coach and the 1st openly gay 'active' player who won't see ONE MINUTE on the court next season.

doghockey
doghockey like.author.displayName 1 Like

@airmjbsanders So a guy who average about 10 minutes per game in 38 games last season will suddenly not see the court for one minute next season?   Not even one minute?   Between the Jason Kidd hiring and the acquisitions of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Nets are doing fine in the PR department.

Huffy1680
Huffy1680

So he can do what he did last year sit on the bench and come in to spell KG for 1 min a night and then play garbage time in blowouts? Oh that is right so he can still be in the league. At least it wouldn't be as bad as the LA Galaxy who traded away Mike Magee who is lighting it up in Chicago, so Robbie Rogers can be in the league.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

That would officially make the Nets even older than the Knicks.