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

Adam Silver: Jason Collins isn’t signed because of age


When Mizzouri Tigers’ defensive end Michael Sam announced that he was gay on Sunday, former NBA center Jason Collins’ name came back to the forefront.

Collins, like Sam, recently announced that he was gay.

Many believe that Collins, who recently met with Sam, is not currently on an NBA team because of his sexuality.

New NBA commissioner Adam Silver quickly shot that rumor down.

“In terms of Jason not getting signed, based on everything I’ve been told, it’s a basketball decision,” Silver told Darren Rovel of ESPN.com. “Our teams want to win and Jason waited until the very tail end of his career to make that announcement.”

To be fair, Collins is now 35 years old and his last season in the NBA did not go well. He averaged just 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 38 games for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards last season.

“We want teams to make the best possible decisions from [a] basketball standpoint,” Silver said. “Ultimately that’s what it’s all about. I’m sure Jason was never looking for a special favor or a special slot because he had publicly come out.”

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