Before the Brooklyn Nets made their blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, they were considering bringing back an old face in Jason Collins, Jason Kidd told Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.
“He wants to play still. For that, there was talk (with the Nets),” Kidd said of the ex-Net who announced that he was homosexual earlier this offseason. “But we have 15 spots already filled. That was something that we did talk about in the summer.”
“I think he can still play,” Kidd added. “His knowledge as a veteran. There’s always a veteran that can help a young team. I think he’ll find a job at some point here.”
Collins averaged 3.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per 36 minutes last season (he averaged 6.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per 36 minutes with the Nets from 2002-07). Along with a veteran presence those numbers wouldn’t be bad for a decent team looking for a center to come off the bench and play eight to 10 minutes a game. It’s hard to see where that fits in on a championship caliber team though.
Of course, the Nets simply don’t have room for him at this point even if they did want to bring him back. They will start Brook Lopez at the five with Andray Blatche to back him up and recent draftee Mason Plumlee to grab any leftover minutes. They are even more stocked at the four with Kevin Garnett starting over Reggie Evans and Mirza Teletovic.
It would have been a nice story to bring Collins back, especially in Brooklyn where the Dodgers once broke-in the first black professional athlete. However, this team has aspirations beyond that.