Jason Collins in 'best shape of his life'

Bruce Bennett

Jason Collins has been hard at work during the offseason, according to his twin brother.

Jason Collins became the first active openly gay athlete in North America's four major sports in April but remains a free agent. Jarron Collins, Jason's twin brother, spoke to media during the NCAA's West Coast Conference tip-off luncheon and stated that Jason is in the "best shape of his life," reports Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports:

"I know it's a cliche to say he's in the best shape of his life, but I really think Jason is," former NBA center Jarron Collins said while working at the West Coast Conference's Tip-Off Luncheon. "He's at five percent body fat. He's as strong as he has ever been. He continues to train and work out. If the opportunity presents itself, he'll be ready to go."

Jason Collins played a total of 38 games last season before his contract expired. He has been linked to the Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets since his announcement, but remains unsigned. Collins, 34, is a 7-footer with 12 years of NBA experience, but is considered a minor role player at this stage in his career.

During his three-season stint with the Atlanta Hawks starting in 2009, he had been referred to as the "Dwight Howard Stopper," using his size to frustrate the superstar center. Collins hasn't averaged more than two points and rebounds per game since the 2009-2010 season and played just 10.1 minutes per game last season.

Jarron said his brother is "optimistic" the reason he remains a free agent is based on his age and production, not his sexual orientation.

More from SB Nation NBA:

Derrick Rose might be better than ever

Jameer Nelson battles Father Time

Doc Rivers' effect on Clippers' offense | Clips Nation

Saving his own soul first: The redemption of a Globetrotter

Flinder Boyd: 20 minutes at Rucker Park

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.