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The Brooklyn Nets are expected to give center Jason Collins a second 10-day contract Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA Today sports.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized. When Collins signed the first 10-day contract, which is set to expire on Tuesday, he became the first openly gay athlete in the four major North American professional sports leagues. Because teams can only sign players to two 10-day deals in the same season, the Nets will have to either sign Collins for the rest of this season at the conclusion of this 10-day agreement or part ways with him.

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Collins has played 34 minutes in four games with the Nets, totaling four points, four rebounds, three steals and 10 fouls.

The 35-year-old, who is in his 12th season, came out as gay in a Sports Illustrated article in April but was not signed by a team entering training camp or in the many months that followed. In joining the Nets, he became part of a group that knew him very well as a person and a player.

Collins spent his first six-plus seasons with the New Jersey Nets, and was teammates with Nets coach Jason Kidd. Yahoo Sports first reported the Nets' plans to give Collins a second 10-day deal.

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