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Report: Nets Interested in Signing Jason Collins

by BSO Staff | Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2013
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According to a report courtesy Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, free-agent center Jason Collins, is drawing interest from his former team.

The Brooklyn Nets are targeting free-agent center Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in NBA history, to return to the franchise, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. 

 As the Nets bring Kevin GarnettPaul Pierce and Jason Terry into the franchise via trade, the Nets need proven, dependable role players available at the veteran’s minimum price.

Collins, 34, has close relationships with new Nets coach Jason Kidd and top assistant Lawrence Frank. They were together for seven successful seasons with the Nets when Frank was a coach, Kidd was the point guard and Collins provided a physical, defensive presence. 

If Collins signs with the Nets, he would become the second openly gay athlete to be on an American professional sports team behind the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers. It would still be a huge step in the right direction, with regards to the acceptance of gay athletes within sports culture.

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