John M. Becker

Brooklyn Nets Keeping Jason Collins

Filed By John M. Becker | March 12, 2014 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: basketball, Brooklyn Nets, gay athletes, Jason Collins, NBA

jason-collins-brooklyn-98.jpgGreat news today for Jason Collins, the first active openly-gay player in NBA history: after signing him to two consecutive ten-day contracts, the Brooklyn Nets have decided to retain him for the rest of the season.

ESPN reports:

Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Nets, who feel they're getting everything they expected from Collins when they signed him for frontcourt depth Feb. 23, are already operating under the premise that the 34-year-old will finish the season with them even though his second 10-day deal doesn't expire until after Friday. Sources say that the internal expectation all along was that Collins would be a Net for the rest of the season, from the moment he signed his first 10-day deal, as long he proved that he could still be an effective defender, which he did immediately.

Collins is averaging 9.8 minutes per game off the bench in eight appearances since his historic debut against the Los Angeles Lakers last month, which made him the first openly gay athlete in North America's four recognized major team sports.

Congratulations, Jason!!

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