Report: Pistons unlikely to sign free-agent center Jason Collins

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Jason Collins could join the Nets.    (USATSI)
Former Wizards center Jason Collins remains a free agent. (photo via @BostonGlobe)

Jason Collins made NBA history in late April by announcing he's gay, making him the first athlete in a major professional sport to come out. But he didn't announce his retirement with it. And as a free agent, he's still looking for his job.

According to ESPN.com, the Pistons last week showed interest in signing the 34-year-old journeyman center. But the Detroit News reported Saturday the team wasn't likely to sign Collins, citing sources said to have inside knowledge of the Pistons' plans.

Collins was just one of the bigs Detroit had on its radar to back up Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, according to the News' Vincent Goodwill, who noted the Pistons would prefer a younger player.

Collins, who's played 12 season in the NBA, may be nearing the end of his career at 34.

The Nets also reportedly were interested in Collins at the beginning of free agency in July, but nothing came of it as Brooklyn ended up bringing in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Celtics.

Collins has always been a very solid role playing big, focusing mostly on setting good screens and playing quality post defense. The Pistons could use a bit more frontcourt depth behind Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith, especially after losing Jason Maxiell to the Magic in free agency.

More than anything, Collins would just be a solid veteran to have to step in and provide spot minutes if needed.

Collins averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 38 appearances last season with the Wizards.

 
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