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Detroit Pistons interested in signing Jason Collins

Alagappan V
13 Aug 2013, 18:54 IST

Detroit Pistons are in talks with Jason Collins

The Detroit Pistons, who are just one contract away from reaching league cap of 15, have opened talks with free agent Jason Collins with a view to sign him.

The 34-year-old seasoned centre, who represented Celtics and Washington Wizards in 38 games last season, managed less than two points and two rebounds on average in 10.1 minutes per game.

ESPN reports that he is only attracting lukewarm interest in the first six weeks of NBA free agency this season as his form has been in decline for quiet a few years now.

Collins has been quoted as saying by The New York Times: “I look at it, honestly, like any other free agency in the past several years, where I know I have to stay patient.

“And I know that at this point in my career, you remain hopeful that there’s a job and an opportunity waiting for you once teams start to fill out their rosters.”

In an interview to Sports Illustrated this April, Collins declared himself as a gay thereby becoming the first brazenly gay athlete in North America’s four long-established leading sports leagues.

An experienced general manager dismissed allegations that suggest his sexual orientation as the major reason why clubs are not interested in signing him.

The manager said: “I don’t think he was going to be in the league next season no matter what. I don’t think [sexual orientation] is the issue. I think ‘Can he still play?’ is the issue.”

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