Jason Collins Signs with Nets for Remainder of Season

Jeff Gross/Getty Images Sport (NEW YORK) --  The Brooklyn Nets have signed Jason Collins for the remainder of the season, the team announced Saturday.

Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Nets back on Feb. 23, providing the team with much-needed frontcourt depth.  They were already operating under the premise that the 34-year-old would finish the season with them even though his second 10-day deal didn't expire until after Friday.

"It's cool. Thank you to the Nets organization, coaches and players, the team is playing really well right now, and I'm glad to continue to be here," Collins said.

Collins is averaging 9.8 minutes per game off the bench for Brooklyn.  When he debuted for the team, he became the first openly gay athlete in North America's four recognized major team sports.

"We always focused on basketball," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "We let you guys do all the other stuff. But having him on the team was always about basketball."

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