Jason Collins signs for rest of season with Nets

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Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Collins, foreground, takes aim for the basket over Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Collins, foreground, takes aim for the basket over Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Collins (98) shoots over Sacramento Kings’ Ben McLemore (16) and Jason Thompson (34) in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Barclays Center in New York. The Nets won 104-89. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Collins has been signed for the rest of the season by the Brooklyn Nets.

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.

Associated Press

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