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Brooklyn Nets agree to sign first openly gay player, Jason Collins

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According to NBA.com, the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a deal with Jason Collins on Sunday. During a meeting in California, Jason Collins is expected to the sign this deal to become the first openly gay player in the NBA.

According Mark Stein of ESPN, Collins is expected to be in uniform tonight for Brooklyn’s contest with the Lakers.

Jason Collins came into the league in 2001 when he was drafted by the New Jersey Nets. Now, in his 13th year, his career has come full circle with the organization that started his long journey in the NBA.

Jason Collins revealed to the world that he was gay in the spring of 2013. However, he didn’t have a contract, so it was unclear if the center would ever get another chance in the league. Since the start of the season, Collins patiently waited until after the recent trade deadline that passed last week.

Jason Collins will see some familiar faces in the Nets organization. According to Sportsline.com, he was a teammate of head coach, Jason Kidd from 2001-2008. Collins also played with new teammates, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett last season.

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