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Wait Continues as Detroit Pistons Elect Not to Sign Jason Collins

The NBA's first openly gay athlete Jason Collins won't be playing for the Detroit Pistons, after talks opened earlier this month did not result in a contract, Sports Illustrated reports:

Sportsillustrated_collinsCollins was being considered by the Pistons as for insurance for young big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. The team finished last season 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 29-53 record that cost coach Lawrence Frank his job. Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars replaced Frank with Maurice Cheeks,added top-tier free-agent forward Josh Smith, brought back guard Chauncey Billups, and agreed to acquire point guard Brandon Jennings from the Milwaukee Bucks in a sign-and-trade deal for point guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Slava Kravtsov. Collins would have taken Kravtsov's spot on the roster.

Collins recently worked out with the team in hopes of joining the roster as a reserve.

Think Progress' Travis Waldron wonders about his chances of finding a team:

The process of finding a team was never going to be fast or easy for Collins, not because of his sexuality but because he’s Jason Collins. He is, as previously mentioned, a 34-year-old journeyman center whose value doesn’t show up on a stat sheet. He’s averaged just 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds over his 12-year career, during which he’s played for six teams. His basic stats were even less impressive in 2012-2013, when he averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds while playing 10 minutes a game for Boston and then Washington.

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  1. He's intelligent, well spoke, and poised. If basketball doesn't want him, he'll have many second career choices. Best wishes to him.

    Posted by: Mitch | Aug 20, 2013 9:34:44 PM


  2. He's gotten very little interest on the FA market and talks with Detroit were never serious, as they wanted a younger player than Jason.

    I hope he finds a team. Preseason starts in about 1 1/2 months. But if he doesn't find a team, he definitely will continue to make an impact for all the reasons Mitch stated.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Aug 20, 2013 9:53:46 PM


  3. Avoid the magazine covers if you're gay, but centerfolds will sell.

    Posted by: GO | Aug 20, 2013 9:58:30 PM


  4. I see his coming out for added notoriety isn't working in helping save his career like he hoped it would.

    Posted by: JMC | Aug 20, 2013 10:43:31 PM


  5. See what happens to Towleroad come out stars? Do your best to stay off this site.

    Posted by: GO | Aug 20, 2013 10:49:29 PM


  6. Weigh in on this Jason/Rick. Is he butch enough?! You rick/jason are the authority so let us know. Please.

    Posted by: ArkArk | Aug 20, 2013 11:51:16 PM


  7. There'll be a better situation for him than the Pistons. He can (and I believe WILL) have a role on a competitive team. It's a matter of waiting until the right situation develops. His best role is as an 8-10mpg backup for a team with an elite center--backing up Dwight Howard in Houston looks like a tailor-made place for him.

    Failing that, backing up Brook Lopez in Brooklyn (and playing for former teammate Jason Kidd); or backing up DeAndre Jordan for the LA Clippers (and playing again for Doc Rivers, who praised Collins rather effusively as a true professional after his stint with the Celtics); or backing up Tyson Chandler in New York, or Joaquim Noah in Chicago, or even Dalembert in Dallas.

    Plenty of places for a respected vet like Collins to contribute, where he'll be a good fit. Just a matter of waiting.

    Posted by: Ala Espera | Aug 21, 2013 1:33:59 AM


  8. Be you Jason. Be proud. You've done your part in society and LGBT thank you for it.

    Posted by: Mia | Aug 21, 2013 4:16:21 AM


  9. Whether he plays or not is out of his hand, but he has made a HUGE impact on society and done so much for human rights. He should be proud of that alone.

    Posted by: Theo | Aug 21, 2013 4:16:58 AM


  10. He's made a huge impact on society but let's also be clear,he's a journey man who is at age where not many teams are going to want him on a roster,gay or straight.

    Posted by: Kevin | Aug 21, 2013 6:59:22 AM


  11. Kevin's 100% right.

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 21, 2013 8:18:33 AM


  12. He clearly came out when he did because he was ready AND because he hoped it might get him some publicity to help him get signed by another team. He is basically at the end of his career that was a solid, but not a great one. If he does get signed by a team, it will be more for publicity/public relations than his playing abilities.

    Worst case scenario, he will have a bit of a career as a public speaker if he wants to go down that route.

    Posted by: Chase | Aug 21, 2013 10:10:50 AM


  13. As much as I wish him success, we can't really use his sexuality as an excuse for him not getting chosen for a team. The truth is he's 34 years old (getting up their in age for basketball) and his score average was mediocre at best throughout his career, and not very good his last season.

    Posted by: Well | Aug 21, 2013 10:31:21 AM


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