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ESPN: Nets consider signing Jason Collins to 10-day contract

Bruce Bennett

ESPN is reporting that the Brooklyn Nets have worked out free-agent big man Jason Collins in Los Angeles and are considering signing him to a 10-day contract.

According to Ohn Youngmisuk and Marc Stein:

Sources with knowledge of the situation told 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.

They note that there has been no decision made on signing Collins, and also mention that if the Nets do sign Collins he will be the NBA's first "active openly gay player."

Nets GM Billy King reiterated on a conference call with the media that the team is looking to add a big man in the free agent market.

Bottom line for the Nets, said King: "We’re going to bring in a basketball player," he said. "It’s not about marketing or anything like that. If we’re bringing somebody in, we’re bringing them in because we feel they can help our basketball team."

in addition to Collins, the Nets are expected to look at Ivan Johnson, the former Atlanta center just back from China; Glen "Big Baby" Davis, who's being bought by the Magic; and Devin Ebanks, the D-League's top forward now with the Armor.