AP source: Jason Collins to get second 10-day deal

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 3, 2014 at 10:28 pm •  Published: March 3, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Collins spent part of his off day on Sunday shopping at Costco.

He was wise to stock up, because he'll be staying with Brooklyn for at least a little while longer.

The Nets plan to sign Collins to a second 10-day contract, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday.

Collins signed his original deal on Feb. 23, becoming the NBA's first openly gay player, and it expires Tuesday.

The Nets then will re-sign him for another 10 days on Wednesday, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the plans haven't been made public.

After that, the Nets would have to sign him for the rest of the season if they wanted to keep him.

Collins played the final 2:41 of the Nets' 96-80 victory over Chicago on Monday, receiving a standing ovation from a sellout crowd of 17,732 that included former NBA Commissioner David Stern when he entered. Collins missed his only shot.

"It was cool. It was a lot of fun to go into the game," he said. "The most important thing was that we got the win."

Collins said before the game that he wasn't aware of any deal, leaving those details up to his agent. Coach Jason Kidd said those discussions were between management and Collins' agent, but said his former teammate has been "great, on and off the court."

"Twin is a good friend of mine and he's a basketball player, but he's a great person and so that's why we wanted him on this team and we felt he could help us win," Kidd said, referring to Collins by the nickname he had during his original stint with the Nets from 2001-08.