BROOKLYN, N.Y.—ESPN.com on Tuesday reported the Brooklyn Nets will sign center Jason Collins for the remainder of the season later this week.
Collins on Feb. 24 signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets that has subsequently been extended. On the same day he became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a game for a major professional sports league when he played during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The former Washington Wizards center has chosen 98 as his jersey number in honor of Matthew Shepard.
Collins, who came out as gay last April in a Sports Illustrated op-ed, has also made a number of appearances at LGBT events since his historic announcement. These include marching in Boston’s annual Pride parade in June and sitting on a U.N. panel last December that commemorated the 65th anniversary of the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.