The Brooklyn Nets will sign center Jason Collins for the remainder of the NBA season.
Collins, who was signed to the team on a 10-day contract, averaged 9.8 minutes per game off the bench in eight appearances since his debut against the Los Angeles Lakers last month.
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 made history last year when he became the first-openly gay professional player out of all four major American sports leagues. The announcement came when Collins was a free agent.
Last month, he made history once again by becoming the first active openly-gay professional sports player when he signed with the Nets.
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