Brooklyn Nets Might Make History As Team "Strongly Considers" Jason Collins
The Brooklyn Nets are thisclose to setting a new precedent for the NBA. According to ESPN.com, the Nets are "giving strong consideration" to signing openly gay athlete Jason Collins for a 10-day contract that could likely lead to a center position on the team. The contract would officially crown Jason as the first active-playing athlete in NBA history.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets, after letting Thursday's trade deadline pass without making a deal for Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill, have identified Collins as a prime candidate to fill one of their two open roster spots and bolster a depleted frontcourt rotation via a 10-day deal.
No final decision has been made, but the Nets on Thursday night confirmed an earlier ESPN.com report that Collins was auditioned by the team in a private workout in Los Angeles earlier this week to assess the state of the 35-year-old's game.
Collins' potential reunion with the franchise, for whom he played during his first six-plus seasons in the league, would put the 7-footer in line to become the first openly gay athlete to play in any of North America's four traditional major team sports.
Fingers crossed for Jason and the Nets!