Brooklyn Nets Reportedly Interested in Jason Collins

by June 28, 2013
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Free agent big man Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay player, could be headed back to the Nets. Brooklyn is targeting Collins, according to Yahoo! Sports: “As the Nets bring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry into the franchise via trade, the Nets need proven, dependable role players available at the veteran’s minimum price. Collins, 34, has close relationships with new Nets coach Jason Kidd and top assistant Lawrence Frank. They were together for seven successful seasons with the Nets when Frank was a coach, Kidd was the point guard and Collins provided a physical, defensive presence. There’s reason to believe that he’d have a strong comfort level returning to an organization that knows him well and values his tough, defensive-minded sensibilities. […] Garnett and Pierce played with Collins in Boston last season, and one Celtics source said that Garnett was extremely frustrated when Boston traded him to Washington at the February deadline. The Nets plan to re-sign backup center Andray Blatche to re-join starter Brook Lopez and Garnett in the frontcourt.”