Brendan Maloy
Sunday February 23rd, 2014

Jason Collins was drafted by the New Jersey nets in the 2001 NBA Draft. (Steven Freeman/National Basketball/Getty Images) Jason Collins was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 2001 NBA Draft. (Steven Freeman/NBAE/Getty Images)

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has released a statement congratulating Jason Collins on his signing with the Brooklyn Nets.

"Jason told us that his goal was to earn another contract with an NBA team. Today, I want to commend him on achieving his goal. I know everyone in the NBA family is excited for him and proud that our league fosters an inclusive and respectful environment."

Collins signed a ten-day contract with the Nets on Sunday, making him the first openly gay player in any of the four major U.S. sports, after coming out to Sports Illustrated last year.

DOLLINGER: Report: Jason Collins to sign with Nets, become NBA's first openly gay athlete

Nets general manager Billy King said the decision was basketball related, and that the team "needed to increase our depth inside."

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