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.
Nets general manager Billy King said the decision was basketball related, and that the team "needed to increase our depth inside."
Nets GM Billy King on Jason Collins signing: "The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision. We needed to increase our depth inside…" — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 23, 2014