The Brooklyn Nets announced Sunday that they have signed Jason Collins, making the free-agent center the first openly gay athlete playing in one of the four major North American sports leagues.
"The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision," said Nets general manager Billy King said in a written statement. "We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract."
The 10-day contract is apparently a common tool for NBA teams who need to fill holes on their roster. After a player's first 10-day contract expires a team can offer him a second one, but after that they have to either release him or sign him for the rest of the season.
Collins will be in uniform for tonight's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.