Jason Collins – NBA’s First Active, Openly Gay Player – May Get Signed
Openly gay, NBA free agent Jason Collins may have a new home after reports of the Detroit Pistons expressing interest in the journeyman have surfaced.
Collins made headlines in April after coming out as the first openly gay athlete in any of the four major U.S. sports leagues.
Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars doesn’t comment on potential free agent targets until after they sign with the Pistons, but Dumars said last week that the Pistons do have a roster spot open and could be looking for a big man.
The ESPN report stressed that talks between the team and Collins are just in an exploratory stage, with no offer being made to the 7-footer.
Collins, 34, could be insurance for young centers Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. He hasn’t averaged more than 15 minutes per game since 2007-08. His specialty is post defense.
Collins started his career with the New Jersey Nets and has played in the NBA for 12 seasons.
While Collins hasn’t been signed officially yet, this seems like a step towards inclusiveness in professional sports.
Can we take this as a sign of the NBA being more open-minded?
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