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Report: Brooklyn Nets To Sign Jason Collins

Last week, we reported that Jason Collins is being considered by the Brooklyn Nets. Today comes word that, according to ESPN, the team will choose Collins if their first pick decides to play for another team in the NBA. The potential scenario:

6a00d8341c730253ef01a3fcc24532970b-200wiThere is growing sentiment within the Brooklyn Nets' organization to move quickly to sign Jason Collins to a 10-day contract if they are spurned by free agent-to-be Glen Davis, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Collins will meet with the Nets later Sunday and is expected to sign with Brooklyn, a source told ESPN.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets -- who have made Davis their top frontcourt target -- still intend to make a signing soon if they can't convince Davis to choose them over the Los Angeles Clippers.

USA TODAY reports that Davis is indeed expected to go to the Clippers and that the Nets' next pick would be Collins.

"...according to a person with knowledge of the situation – the Nets were told on Sunday morning that Davis would sign with the Clippers and Collins is widely believed to be their next option. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks."

If the Nets do indeed sign Collins, he would become the first openly gay player in the NBA.

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  1. This looks like it will be the year that we have out gay players join the NFL and the NBA almost simultaneously. It will help relieve some media pressure that neither one have to carry the mantle alone of "The Gay Athlete."
    As always happens in such scenarios, a year later nobody will remember the insane ramblings of a few uneducated random players who wondered if the guy guy will look at them funny or if they'll be forced to eliminate the slurs from their locker room banter.
    Nobody interviews white players anymore to ask them whether a black teammate will mess up their game.

    The best part is that Jason Collins and Michael Sam are both talented, handsome, well-spoken men of integrity and, by all accounts, extremely likeable to teammates and fans.
    It really does help end intolerance if the first gay (or black or Jewish or whatever) person in whatever field is above and beyond what is normally expected out of everyone else. And in many ways, that's what we've got here.
    For the first time ever, I'm excited about these sports. I can hardly wait until the NFL draft in May!

    Posted by: GregV | Feb 23, 2014 12:59:56 PM

  2. I hope Michael Sam has a strong combine so he shuts up all doubts about being drafted.

    This is a great day for America but not a big deal from a basketball sense. It's important that Jason was signed simply because he's the first, and that barrier has been broken. Now we don't have to question who will be the first, if there is a first. That will only make it easier on Michael Sam or future out players. It's also good news that a team signed Jason knowing about the media attention that will come with it. It shows that, although many teams likely will distance themselves from an out player, there are teams out there who don't care either way.

    Most importantly...Jason is on a team and his career isn't over. Happy for him, hope the deal lasts longer than 10 days!

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 23, 2014 1:08:33 PM

  3. A good beginning in sports for 2014. Congrats Jason and Michael...wishing them the best in their careers!

    Posted by: Sam | Feb 23, 2014 1:29:29 PM

  4. I hope both Sam and Collins will still have access to the rarefied air they are granted here.

    Posted by: Blake | Feb 23, 2014 1:31:32 PM

  5. Hey I can here the NETS fans now..... They will defend one of there with great

    Yaeh he's a fag.... BUT hes OUR fag.... So shut the FU*k UP!

    GO NETS!

    Posted by: Louis | Feb 23, 2014 1:47:55 PM

  6. A 10-day contract? WTF? Have the Nets placed him 'on trial', if so, why? He has a proven well-established track record of good play or is he on trial to see if, as a gay player, his orientation won't bother other team players (i.e., the far right conservative player who fears Jason may see his pee pee?) If that conservative player whines will the Nets let Jason go or tell the conservative player to grow a pair?

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 23, 2014 2:08:10 PM

  7. The Nets are going after another big man named Ivan Johnson. Jason Collins barely played last year and hasn't played this year, so the Nets are going to want to see if he can still play and they don't want to do that with a guaranteed contract. Also they may want to keep a roster spot open and use it as a revolving door for depth purposes. Jason's sexuality on the Nets is irrelevant...this is a veteran team, and they don't care. They've played with Jason before.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 23, 2014 2:18:30 PM

  8. It's essentially a temp job. [10 days]

    Actually, neither Collins nor Sam has been signed to a real contract yet. The only major league "out" player is still Robbie Rogers of the MLS LA Galaxy.

    Posted by: MFinBH | Feb 23, 2014 2:27:28 PM

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