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Jason Collins Signs Contract With The Brooklyn Nets; Becomes First Openly Gay Player In The NBA

It's official. Jason Collins is the very first active, openly gay player not only in the NBA but also in any major US sport.

The Brooklyn Nets announced over Twitter that they have signed Collins to a 10-day contract. They also tweeted out a photo of the actual signing.

ESPN reports:

"The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision," Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement. " We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract."

The Nets moved quickly to make the historic signing of the 35-year-old free agent center to have another big body available against the Lakers. Brooklyn had been contemplating signing Collins for the past week and the need for Collins became greater after the Nets dealt rebounding specialist Reggie Evans to the Sacramento Kings last week.

Both Michael Sam and Robbie Rogers sent their congratulations out to Collins.



There'll be no time wasted getting Collins on the court. He'll make his debut this with the Nets this evening in LA in a game against the Clippers.

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  1. @Keith:

    It's a common practice. Teams use it all the time to fill in spots when multiple players are unavailable due to injury. Think of it like a temp job.

    Posted by: Jerry | Feb 23, 2014 9:38:30 PM

  2. @Keith:

    More to the point (as a matter of the players' union policy), "Per the rules of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, a team can only sign a player to two 10-day contracts in the scope of one season. So if all goes well with the Nets, they would have to decide whether to sign Collins for the rest of the season either at the conclusion of this 10-day deal or the next."

    Posted by: Jerry | Feb 23, 2014 9:40:43 PM

  3. I don't mind getting a 10-day contract if it is equivalent to my pay for 10 years.

    Posted by: Simon | Feb 23, 2014 10:50:35 PM

  4. ?????

    Posted by: CHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Feb 24, 2014 12:00:05 AM

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