This trade brought Boston fans the misery of having to watch Jordan Crawford play basketball as the team looked for depth at guard following Rajon Rondo's injury.
Collins didn't have a huge role with the team, although he did start a few games and was considered a key member of the locker room. He was on the roster primarily for depth purposes, and not too much else.
Collins made news when he opened up to the public that he is gay. There had been plenty of chatter around the world of professional sports regarding who would be the first current player to come out, and Collins took the first step.
At this point, Jason Collins is known more for being openly gay than he is for being an NBA center. He was never anything special on the floor, but he was a serviceable big man who could play quality minutes in a team's rotation. He is known as a strong post defender and a great guy to have around in the locker room. His numbers are marginal at best, and have been even worse in recent years.
Before his announcement, many believed Collins was on his way out of the league. At age 34, there are simply younger, cheaper options who can give similar production. He was never much on the offensive end of the floor, and he's been an end-of-the-roster backup for the past few years. It wouldn't have been a total surprise if he was out of the league a year or two ago.
Would it be worth it for the Celtics take another look at Collins?
If so, it would be primarily as a mentor to the younger players. Kelly Olynyk has a lot of promise, but he needs plenty of work on the defensive end. Vitor Faverani is very raw. Jared Sullinger is far from a finished product. All three big men would be better off if they could learn to play post defense like Collins, and if they eventually carried themselves like Collins does, both on and off the floor. When you look down this road, a one-year contract for Collins might be worth it. The team has a lot riding on its young big men, and Collins could help the process for all three.
Imagine the media circus that would follow the team around? This probably isn't want the Celtics would like as Brad Stevens tries to get comfortable in the NBA and Rajon Rondo feels his way back into game action. It's not anyone's fault, but the questions and attention would never end.
Collins probably wouldn't play much, and would be more of an assistant coach than a player. Taking minutes away from some of the younger minutes simply wouldn't make sense, particularly when Collins simply doesn't contribute much on the court anymore.
It will be interesting to see if anyone signs Jason Collins. It might not be the best idea for the Boston Celtics, but it's worth considering.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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