The Nets signed Collins — who came out as gay in a Sports Illustrated article last year — to a 10-day contract on Sunday. Collins, 35, has been a free agent since coming out and last played for the Washington Wizards.
Collins will continue to wear 98 as his jersey number, in honor of Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in anti-gay hate crime in 1998, according to ESPN's Mike Mazzeo.
Collins is expected to suit up for Sunday's Nets game versus the Los Angeles Lakers, albeit with a No. 46 jersey because a No. 98 jersey will not be ready in time, Mazzeo notes.
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