The Brooklyn Nets are expected to sign Jason Collins for the rest of the season once his current 10-day contract expires, barring any injury, David Aldridge of NBA.com reported. Collins became the first openly gay athlete to play in an NBA game when he suited up for the Nets against the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 23.
Collins' No. 98 jersey has also made noise, as it was the best-selling jersey on the league's NBAStore.com website last week. Furthermore, the NBA pledged all proceeds from the sales of that jersey to two pro-gay rights organizations. The big man is wearing the No. 98 jersey to honor Matthew Shepard, a gay college student who was murdered in 1998 in an act of hate.
Nets general manager Billy King said in a team statement last week that the decision to bring Collins in was a basketball decision, but his presence has had a major impact regardless of reasoning and statistics. Collins is averaging 0.8 points and one rebound in 8.5 minutes, while shooting 25 percent from the floor.