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Brooklyn Nets consider signing gay NBA player

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The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly considering signing openly gay player Jason Collins after having the player work out with the team this week.

Collins last played in the NBA during last season where he was signed first the Boston Celtics and then the Washington Wizards.

In April of last year, Collins announced that he was gay a move which could have made him the first active player to come out. John Amaechi had revealed he was gay in 2007 but had already retired.

Collins has not been signed to an NBA team since his announcement.

According to a report from CBS Sports, the Nets have worked out Collins this week in Los Angeles and are close to agreeing a 10-day deal with the 35 year-old center.

The report says: "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."

The Nets are currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and are 15 games behind the Indiana Pacers who have the best record in the conference. Under rookie head coach, Jason Kidd, the Nets have a good chance of making the playoffs for the second year in succession.

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