Although the Brooklyn Nets’ brass appeared ready to spend the money to upgrade the team’s front court through the Disabled Players’ Exception they received because of center Brook Lopez’s foot injury and subsequent season ending surgery (although they could absorb a contract with the exception, they are in the luxury tax so they would have to pay a tax on any incoming salary), the Nets did not want to give up any future assets.
Instead, they may be looking at a veteran free agent to fill out their front court.
The Nets worked out Jason Collins last week.
Two ESPN scribes, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York and Marc Stein of ESPN.com, have the scoop.
No final decision has been made, but sources said the 35-year-old was auditioned by the team in a private workout earlier this week to assess the state of his game after last playing with Washington almost a year ago.
Nets general manager Billy King did not attend the workout, but said he was told Collins is “in shape.”
Collins has maintained that he wants to play in the NBA again.
Many pundits wondered if Collins’ sexuality had something to do with him not being signed, but commissioner Adam Silver quickly shot that rumor down.
Collins averaged just 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 38 games for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards last season.