FILE:  NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

Report: Nets considering signing Jason Collins to 10-day contract

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It’s been expected that the Nets would look to bring in another big man this season. While they have had success with a smaller lineup since Brook Lopez went down sometimes you need a traditional big for matchup purposes.

That big man may be Jason Collins, reports Ohn Youngmisuk and Marc Stein at ESPNNewYork.com.

The Brooklyn Nets worked out Jason Collins this week in Los Angeles and are giving strong consideration to signing the free-agent center to a 10-day contract that would position him to become the NBA’s first active openly gay player, ESPN.com has learned.

Sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com that the Nets, after letting Thursday’s trade deadline pass without 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.

Collins came out as gay publicly to much fanfare last April and he was often touted as the first openly gay male on a major American team sports squad. Except he wasn’t. At age 35 and on the downside of his career there were limited teams that could use a veteran big for just post defense and rebounding. We’ll likely never know what role Collins being publicly gay played in the few teams that could have used him going in other directions.

However, it looks like the Nets — an organization Collins has played for before — are leaning toward him.

The Nets are currently the five seed in the East and want to more than hold on to a playoff spot, they want to catch the Toronto Raptors for the Atlantic Division lead. That’s not likely, the Raptors have by far the easiest schedule left of any team in the NBA, but that’s the target the Nets have set.

Collins may be a part of that.

Isaiah Thomas nutmegs Knicks center Marshall Plumlee (video)

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Isaiah Thomas usually saves his best play for the fourth quarter, but the Celtics guard showed out early with this pass between Marshall Plumlee‘s legs to get Kelly Olynyk a layup.

Thomas uncharacteristically just didn’t have enough late. Though he scored 39 points, he shot just 2-for-9 in the final period, as the Knicks pulled away for a 117-106 win.

Kevin Durant misses dunk so hard, ball flies past halfcourt (video)

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Kevin Durant played great in the Warriors’ win over the Thunder last night, but – perhaps fueled by excess emotion – he missed this incredibly emphatic dunk attempt.

Later, Russell Westbrook showed his former teammate how to do it (sparking their apparent conversation):

James Harden outduels Giannis Antetokounmpo as they produce fantastic highlight video

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James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo met in a battle of two of the NBA’s best point guards. (Still weird to say.) The final lines:

  • Harden: 38 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks
  • Antetokounmpo: 32 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks

The winner? Harden and the Rockets, who topped the Bucks, 111-92.

But the real winner? Anyone who gets to watch this highlight video. It just gets better as it goes.

PBT Extra: Who do you want to see most in first All-Star Game?

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Tonight the NBA All-Star Game starters will be announced. Then the coaches have a week to vote and the rest of the roster will be put together by them.

This year should see a few first-time All-Stars, guys bursting on the scene and grabbing fans attention — so we asked people on Twitter who they most wanted to see in his first All-Star Game and I break it down in this PBT Extra.

The winner? Giannis Antetokounmpo with 45 percent of the vote. Which shouldn’t be a surprise, he’s second in the fan voting for the frontcourt in the East (behind only LeBron James). Good news for those fans, the Greek Freak is almost guaranteed to be a starter, he’s getting plenty of media votes and likely a lot from the players as well.

Second place in the poll? Joel Embiid of the Sixers. I’d love to see him, but will players and media members vote in a guy on a minutes restriction? Will the coaches pick him for that same reason? He is on the bubble.