Nets interested in free agent Jason Collins

Nets interested in free agent Jason Collins
June 28, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce might not be the only members of the 2012-13 Boston Celtics that will be playing with the Brooklyn Nets next season. 

Free agent center Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in NBA history, could be returning to the Nets this offseason, as the team is targeting him, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports

The 34-year old NBA veteran made national news by making his sexuality public in a May issue of Sports Illustrated. Collins may want to finish his career where it started with a franchise he is comfortable with. The Nets make sense, as Collins spent his first seven seasons with the franchise.

Collins was a teammate of new Nets coach Jason Kidd and played under Brooklyn's top assistant Lawrence Frank in his first stint with the franchise. While he averaged just 1.2 points per game in Boston last season, Collins still brings a defensive skill set along with his experience. On a Brooklyn team that will feature Garnett and Brook Lopez in the front court., Collins' role would be a minor one, but his familiarity with the coaching staff, in addition to Garnett and Pierce, makes him a logical fit.

When the Celtics and Nets meet up next season, there will be plenty of familiar faces all around.