Report: Ex-Wizard Jason Collins signing with Nets

Report: Ex-Wizard Jason Collins signing with Nets
February 23, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Jason Collins' history making moment has finally come.

The Brooklyn Nets will sign the veteran center to a 10-day contract on Sunday, making Collins the first openly gay professional athlete in any of the four main professional team sports in this country, Yahoo! Sports reported. He is expected to be in uniform for the Nets Sunday night game in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

Collins, 35, last played in the NBA with the Wizards during the tail end of the 2012-13 season. The 12-year NBA veteran announced he was gay shortly after the regular season concluded. 

It seemed logical that if a team were to sign the 7-foot center best known on the court for his leadership and defensive presence, the timing would come after the league's trading deadline. The suitor would be looking to tweak their roster for a playoff push, looking to add a post defender.

It seemed logical that should Collins land a roster spot, it would be with the Brooklyn Nets. Collins played with the Nets organization from 2001-08. One of his former teammates, Jason Kidd, serves as Brooklyn's head coach. Collins also played with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in Boston.

The Nets were reportedly in the hunt for free agent Glen Davis after the power forward was released by the Orlando Magic. After Davis decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Nets turned to Collins. 

Now many will turn their attention to Los Angeles on Sunday night for a chance to witness history.