ESPN reports that the Brooklyn Nets have worked out free agent Jason Collins, the first active male athlete to come out as gay, and are considering signing him to a contract.
The Brooklyn Nets worked out Jason Collins this week in Los Angeles, and sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that they are giving strong consideration to signing the free-agent center to a 10-day contract that would position him to become the NBA's first active openly gay player.
Sources with knowledge of the situation said the Nets, after letting Thursday's trade deadline pass without making a deal for the Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Hill, are weighing the addition of another big man and have identified Collins as a prime candidate to join their frontcourt rotation via the 10-day route.
No final decision has been made, but sources said the 35-year-old was auditioned by the team in a private workout earlier this week to assess the state of his game after last playing with Washington almost a year ago.
The Nets are considering Jason Collins for a 10-day contract, which would position him to become the NBA's first active openly gay player.
Nets general manager Billy King did not attend the workout, but said he was told Collins is "in shape."
Collins has remained unsigned and questions have surfaced whether the reasons are basketball related or out of a concern for the effect of the first out athlete in the locker room. The Nets could use another body down low after trading Reggie Evans to the Kings for Marcus Thornton, and Collins provides a lot of what they're looking for. Collins appeared in 38 games last season, just six for the Wizards after being traded from the Celtics.