The Brooklyn Nets signed veteran center Jason Collins to a 10-day contract a little over a week ago, making headlines as he became the first openly gay player to play in the NBA or any of the four major sports. However, Collins’ 10-day contract will expire on Wednesday. There’s no need for him to worry, though.
According to a report from Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Nets plan to sign Collins to a second 10-day contract on Wednesday after the initial deal has expired. In the interest of doing the math for everyone, that second 10-day contract will expire on Saturday March 15.
Collins has appeared in four games since joining the Nets and his stat-line hasn’t been remarkable by any means. Playing 8.5 minutes per game, Collins has averaged 0.8 points, one rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.5 personal fouls per game while hitting on just 25 percent of his shots.
Though Brooklyn certainly made headlines and came out looking like near-heroes for signing Collins, Collins also serves a needed role on this team that doesn’t involve him really averaging more than 0.8 points per game or scoring at a highly efficient mark. Collins is with the Nets to be a physical presence on the interior, display toughness, and deliver hard fouls to deter opponents from trying to get to the rim.
It’s just a second 10-day contract as of right now and Collins will play his first home game for the Nets on Monday. However, it’d be a surprise to everyone if he wasn’t eventually signed for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. In actuality, this second 10-day contract seems like more of another stepping stone to get to that point than anything else.