ason Collins is not likely to become a Detroit Piston.
ESPN.com reported Saturday that the Pistons are in contact with the free-agent center, who made big headlines in April for being the first active athlete in a major North American team sport to announce he was gay.
But two sources with knowledge of the Pistons’ plans told The News that Collins is not being seriously considered.
The Pistons are looking at several potential bigs to back up Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, and they prefer one younger than Collins, 34, who is near the end of his career.
Collins has played 12 seasons in the NBA, for New Jersey, Memphis, Minnesota, Atlanta and, last season, Boston and Washington. His specialty is defense.
He hasn’t averaged more than 11 minutes a game since 2010-11 — leading some in the NBA to suspect he wouldn’t be signed this offseason, not because he’s gay but rather because his skills have diminished.
“The reality,” an Western Conference executive told ESPN.com, “is that he’s been an end-of-the-roster kind of player for the last couple years.”
Collins, a former Stanford standout who was a first-round pick by Houston in 2001, came out in a Sports Illustrated article. In the months since, he has made the media rounds and become an advocate for LBGT issues, even walking in the Boston pride parade in June.
The Pistons have had an active offseason, signing Josh Smith and trading for Brandon Jennings.