Brooklyn Nets sign Collins for rest of season

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NEW YORK – Jason Collins has been signed for the rest of the season by the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets’ Jason Collins warms up before Brooklyn’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 23.(MICHAEL GOULDING/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/MCT)

The Nets’ Jason Collins warms up before Brooklyn’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 23.
(MICHAEL GOULDING/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/MCT)

The NBA’s first openly gay player had finished his second 10-day contract, which meant the Nets had to sign him for the remainder of the season if they wanted to keep him.

Collins has added five points, six rebounds and six steals in eight games since signing his first deal on Feb. 23.

He’s been a reliable veteran big man on a team that has lost center Brook Lopez for the season and has recently been without Kevin Garnett because of back spasms.

Collins is playing his 13th season in the league, including six previous seasons with the Nets.

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