NBA Rumors: Brooklyn Nets Interested in Signing Free Agent Center Jason Collins

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIJune 28, 2013

The Brooklyn Nets are considering signing Jason Collins to a one-year contract, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.


UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 3:09 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag

Just as quickly as this rumor surfaced, it was more or less shot down by ESPN’s Chris Broussard.

This latest information came just over an hour after Wojnarowski broke the story detailing the Nets’ interest in bringing Collins back to the organization.

If they pass on him no one can blame the organization. Brooklyn is on its way to becoming a top contender and there are better players who will be available on the free-agency market this summer.

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This latest rumor comes amid the Nets reaching an agreement with the Boston Celtics that will drastically reshape the power structure in the Eastern Conference—at least for a couple of seasons.

Brooklyn has reportedly agreed to send three first-round picks, Kris Humprhies’ expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans (via sign-and-trade) to the C's in exchange for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.

Collins made headlines earlier in the year when he became the first openly gay player in NBA history.

Collins, if signed, will not likely be a key contributor on a star-studded team like the new-look Nets. However, there’s no denying the necessity for teams to stockpile adequate players who can come into games situationally. 

Collins has been well-traveled since he was selected by the Houston Rockets with the No. 18 pick in the 2001 NBA draft and traded to the Nets on draft night. He played in two NBA Finals with the Nets before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008. From there, he moved around to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards before becoming a free agent this year.

As a 7-footer, Collins never really materialized into the dominant interior presence the Nets hoped for after acquiring him. In the 2004-05 season, his best statistically, he only averaged 6.4 points and 6.1 rebounds despite playing 31.8 minutes per contest.

Still, the Nets have unloaded a large amount of their roster in this deal with the Celtics. Power forward Andray Blatche is also about to become a free agent this summer, so the Nets need big men however they can get them.

While Collins’ best days are behind him, he could still find a role coming off the bench while rookie Mason Plumlee develops.