HoopsHype Glen Davis rumors

February 23, 2014 Updates

Jason Collins has reached agreement on a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, clearing the way for the first openly gay athlete in major professional sports history, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Collins will become the first openly gay active player in North America's four recognized major team sports. The Nets moved quickly to sign Collins to have another big body available against the Lakers. Collins will become the first openly gay active player in North America's four recognized major team sports. ESPN.com

Yet because Collins never continued his career, the revelation was somewhat anticlimactic in terms of its possible social impact. That could change soon, as – according to a person with knowledge of the situation – the Nets were told on Sunday morning that Davis would sign with the Clippers and Collins is widely believed to be their next option. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks. USA Today Sports

Jason Collins may be on the verge of becoming the first openly gay NBA player to actually, well, play. With strong signs that free-agent-to-be forward Glen Davis will likely sign with the Los Angeles Clippers after he clears waivers at 5 p.m. Eastern, Collins appears to be next in line as a roster addition for the Brooklyn Nets. The 35-year-old announced his homosexuality by way of Sports Illustrated nearly 10 months ago, and thus became known as the first openly-gay NBA player. USA Today Sports

Marc J. Spears: NBA free agent forward Glen Davis is "leaning" toward signing with the Clippers, a source told Yahoo. Davis clears waivers at 5 PM EST today Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

The teams in the hunt for Davis, sources said, expect a decision Sunday. The league office, meanwhile, has confirmed to ESPN that Davis will officially become an unrestricted free agent Sunday at 5 p.m. ET if, as expected, he is not claimed off waivers by another team. ESPN.com

Sources indicate Davis will likely make his choice based on available playing time and the situation he likes best, given that the salary he receives from his new team will simply be subtracted from the amount Orlando owes him after the buyout. ESPN.com

With the Magic in the midst of a long rebuilding process, Davis’ presence was blocking playing time for second-year big men Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O’Quinn, leading to the buyout of the final year-plus of his contract. He’s expected to make a decision on his new home before he clears waivers and becomes a free agent Monday, and Garnett has done his best to try and convince Davis to join forces with him in Brooklyn. “A pitch, that’s what you’d call it?” Garnett asked. “I think Big Baby can help us and obviously I voiced my opinion on that. “I guess Baby’s a hot commodity right now,” Garnett added with a smile. “I do think he can help us. I think his basketball IQ fits into what we do here. He’s a talker. He communicates. He understands championship basketball. So yeah, he can help us.” New York Post

February 22, 2014 Updates

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