By this point in Early March, everyone knows that the Brooklyn Nets inked Jason Collins to a 10-day contract on February 23rd, but what a large segment of the basketball watching population doesn’t know is that the Nets had a decision to make on the big man’s future.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) March 5, 2014
The Nets have officially tabbed Collins for a second (and final) 10-day contract on Tuesday, allowing him to stay with the franchise until March 15th. Then, the team must either let him go or sign him for the remainder of the season, with the majority of experts leaning toward Collins making a semi-permanent home in New York.
This move was nearly a foregone conclusion as the two sides neared the conclusion of their original pact, but nothing was final until earlier in the day on Tuesday. The 35-year-old center has appeared in all five games since joining the Nets, and he has averaged 7.2 minutes of playing time with 0.6 points and 1.0 rebounds per contest. Collins has made a measured impact at times defensively, however, and that is his main value from a basketball perspective at this stage.
It would be a minor shock if Collins didn’t stay in Brooklyn all year, but we know that he’ll be with the Nets for at least 10 more days.