NBA commissioner: Jason Collins unsigned because of basketball decisions
NBA commissioner Adam Silver says veteran center Jason Collins’ sexual orientation is not why he has yet to be signed by a team.
Collins, 35, came out in a Sports Illustrated article last April and has not been able to secure an NBA contract.
Missouri All-America defensive end Michael Sam publicly came out as a gay man last night, which brought Collins’ name back in the spotlight.
“In terms of Jason not getting signed, based on everything I’ve been told, it’s a basketball decision,” Silver said, via ESPN.com. “Our teams want to win and Jason waited until the very tail end of his career to make that announcement.”
Collins, who played for the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards in 2012-2013, averaged one point and 1.5 rebounds per game.
“We want teams to make the best possible decisions from [a] basketball standpoint,” Silver said. “Ultimately that’s what it’s all about. I’m sure Jason was never looking for a special favor or a special slot because he had publicly come out.”