Commissioner Adam Silver congratulates Jason Collins on signing with Nets

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

Jason Collins was drafted by the New Jersey nets in the 2001 NBA Draft. (Steven Freeman/National Basketball/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.

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