Posted August 10, 2013

Report: Pistons interested in Jason Collins

Ben Golliver, Detroit Pistons, Jason Collins, Washington Wizards
Jason Collins has revealed that he is gay. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport)

Jason Collins holds career averages of 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport)

Since revealing himself as the first openly gay male athlete in an American team sport in an April piece for Sports Illustrated, Jason Collins has received a call from Barack Obama, conducted dozens of interviews, and marched in Boston’s gay pride parade. The unrestricted free-agent center hasn’t, however, signed a contract to play in the NBA next season.

ESPN.com reports Saturday that the Pistons are interested in signing Collins, a 12-year NBA veteran.

The Detroit Pistons have expressed exploratory interest in signing free-agent center Jason Collins, according to sources close to the process. Sources stressed to ESPN.com that, while no formal offer has been made, Detroit has opened a dialogue with Collins, who in late April became the first openly gay athlete in North America’s four traditional major sports leagues.

Collins, 34, was a first-round pick in 2001 after spending four years at Stanford. His career has included stops with the Nets, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Hawks, Celtics and Wizards, and the 7-footer, known for his low-post defense and unselfish play, holds career averages of 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds. He was traded by Boston to Washington back in February and averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 38 appearances last season.

He addressed his impending free agency in April.

“Now I’m a free agent, literally and figuratively,” Collins wrote. “I’ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.”

Detroit is set to field a “jumbo-ball” starting frontcourt featuring Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Past that trio, though, the Pistons’ big man rotation includes only Charlie Villanueva and rookie Tony Mitchell. Detroit currently has one open roster spot.

Jon Wertheim has more on how Collins’ announcement came together in Sports Illustrated.

6 comments
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Signing Collins is not fair to the players because they would constantly have to answer questions on the matter,  players are there to play basketball not there for Collins agenda.  When a teammates does something wrong the other players in the locker room have to answer the media's questions day after day, city after city for that player.  One thing organizations demand from players do not be a distraction, what greater distraction is there than this. I can understand if Collins was a good player then it would be worth it, but signing a crappy player the pitfalls are greater than any upside
 
The locker room is an intimate place unlike a normal work place, that is why men and women do not share locker rooms because of the sexual connotation whether verbal or unspoken but it is the thought of knowing is the issue, I am sure guys would not object to sharing a locker room with women, but women would have a major problem with it not from fears for their safety but the comfortable level, guys are no different they get uncomfortable too. I do not know what the Pistons have to gain from this unless it's a favor for the NBA or one of the higher up in the Pistons organization can relate to Collins on some level.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

I'm still saying that I don't know if any team he plays on will be as accepting of him. They can say all the right things in the media in front of the cameras, but behind closed doors, it will probably make some guys nervous. 

muser
muser

Collins sucks. The Pistons don't need any of his sucking.