NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Knicks won’t be turning to free-agent center Jason Collins, according to Sports Illustrated.
The team will be without Tyson Chandler for 4-6 weeks after the All-Star suffered a fracture in his right leg Tuesday against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Some speculated Collins, who made history in April as the first active male athlete in the four major American pro sports to come out, would be a fit in New York. But the Knicks are going to “pass on signing” him, SI reported.
Collins was a member of the Washington Wizards when he announced he was gay. The 7-footer was linked to the Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets during the offseason.
The 34-year-old was a member of the New Jersey Nets from 2001-2008. He’s also had stints in Memphis, Minnesota, Atlanta, Boston and Washington.
Collins played in 32 games for Boston in 2012-13, averaging 1.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.2 assists in 10.3 minutes. In six games for Washington, he averaged 0.7 points, 1.3 boards and 0.3 assists in 9.0 minutes.
“I know it’s a cliche to say he’s in the best shape of his life, but I really think Jason is,” Jason Collins’ twin brother Jarron said last month, according to Yahoo! Sports. “He’s at five percent body fat. He’s as strong as he has ever been. He continues to train and work out. If the opportunity presents itself, he’ll be ready to go.”
Jason Collins marched in Boston’s gay pride parade on June 8.
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