The Brooklyn Nets are continuing to lead the headlines. After pulling off a blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics during the NBA Draft, they could be adding the first active athlete to admit they’re gay.
Jason Collins could be added to the Nets’ roster during free agency according to a source with the New York Daily News.
Collins, 34, who revealed his sexuality in a self-scribed Sports Illustrated article, has reasons to feel comfortable in the Nets’ organization. He was teammates with Nets coach Jason Kidd for seven seasons in New Jersey, where they both played under current Brooklyn assistant Lawrence Frank.
Collins played in 32 games for the Boston Celtics and six games for the Washington Wizards last season, averaging between 9-10 minutes per game. While the center doesn’t have much playing time left, the announcement left many NBA fans pulling for him to return.
It’s interesting that back in April, one of the Nets’ players stated that while Collins may not be a need for any team, somebody should still pick him up.
“It might not be the best fit for their basketball team, but it’s a fit for where we need to go as a league. So if there’s ever a chance for the commissioner, who’s leaving in February, to step in and maybe push a button, I think that would be a good opportunity to do it,” Stackhouse said [in a quote from NYDN].