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Friday, November 1, 2013
No D-League draft for Jason Collins

By Marc Stein

As Jason Collins awaits the phone call that would allow him to relaunch his NBA career, he has ruled out playing in another country or in the NBA Development League as a means to stay sharp, according to source familiar with his thinking.

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The source told ESPN.com that Collins, at 34, remains convinced that he's an NBA player and would prefer to continue his accelerated workout regimen at home in the Los Angeles area ahead of potential opportunities to join a team in the league this season as opposed to trying to play elsewhere.

ESPN.com has learned that Collins -- who in April became the first publicly gay athlete in North America's four major team sports -- was extended the opportunity to submit his name for Friday night's D-League draft in a similar fashion to familiar NBA names such as Ricky Davis and Quincy Douby.

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