10 months after coming out as an openly gay man, it looks like Jason Collins will become the NBA's first active gay player. After working out for the Brooklyn Nets, the franchise that Collins played for from 2001-07 in New Jersey, it appears that he will be signed to a 10-day contract with the team.
ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz penned an excellent story about Collins' journey back to the NBA this afternoon:
Collins will now board a plane with the Brooklyn Nets to join their drive toward the 2014 postseason. The opportunity comes 10 months after his last one, but the hiatus also unintentionally provided him time necessary to build confidence as an openly gay man, which should only help ease his transition back into life as a professional basketball player.
The seven-foot center played 38 games last season, split between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards. In former teammates Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Kidd, Collins should have a lot of support in Brooklyn, making the Nets a natural fit for this comeback.