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Friday, June 28, 2013
Nets discussed Collins, source confirms

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- Jason Collins' name came up as the Brooklyn Nets were discussing potential free-agent options, a source confirmed, but a reunion between the two sides appears to be a long shot.

Jason Collins
Jason Collins has been discussed as a free-agent possibility for the Nets.
Another source told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard that it's "very doubtful" the Nets sign Collins.

Collins made headlines in May when he became the first openly gay active player in the NBA.

The reunion is unlikely because the Nets already have four big men on their roster. Brook Lopez and Reggie Evans are under contract; Kevin Garnett is expected to be a Net on July 10 after the Nets and Boston Celtics agreed in principle on a blockbuster trade Thursday night, sources told ESPN; and the team drafted Mason Plumlee with the No. 22 pick in the draft.

The Nets also want to re-sign Andray Blatche as their primary backup center, and Collins plays the same position.

Yahoo! Sports earlier reported Brooklyn discussed Collins.

Collins, 34, played with the Nets from 2001 to '08, and was teammates with new Nets coach Jason Kidd when the two played together in New Jersey. Their coach back then was Lawrence Frank, who officially joined Kidd’s staff as an assistant Friday.

Collins also played with soon-to-be Nets Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry with the Celtics last season.

If Collins were to sign with the Nets, it would be for the veteran’s minimum.