Mar. 20, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Washington Wizards center Jason Collins against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Wizards defeated the Suns 88-79. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks considered signing Jason Collins


Mar. 20, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Washington Wizards center Jason Collins against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Wizards defeated the Suns 88-79. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

As the headline states, the Knicks apparently were thinking about signing Jason Collins, who in April became the first active professional athlete of the four primary sports to openly admit his homosexuality. However, much like the Detroit Pistons, who expressed exploratory interest in Collins early this year, the Knicks chose to pass on the free agent.

In an article on ESPN, head coach Mike Woodson mentioned,

His name has come up. There are a lot of veteran guys’ names that come up. This summer we tried to mix it up a little bit with some young and then some vet guys as well.

Collins is a veteran player, who has been around the league for a long time, and it seemed evident that the Knicks weren’t ready to go for a lot of experience this offseason. They want younger players, and for the most part, that’s who they signed this offseason.

In place of Collins, the Knicks signed a few other big men to contracts including Jeremy Tyler, Cole Aldrich, Ike Diogu, and Josh Powell. And how can anyone forget about the signing of Metta World Peace?

Jason Collins is still on the free agent market and looks to be signed by a team, however statements have been made that indicate that Collins will expect some more interest during the season, when injuries can arise at any given point.

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