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NBA notebook: Nets give Collins second 10-day deal

Associated Press

Jason Collins’ second stint with the Brooklyn Nets will last at least 10 more days.

The Nets signed Collins to a second 10-day contract Wednesday, and he will be in uniform when they host the Memphis Grizzlies.

Collins became the NBA’s first openly gay player when he signed his first deal Feb. 23. Teams can sign players to two 10-day contracts, and then have to sign them for the rest of the season if they want to keep them.

Collins has appeared in all five games since his return, with three points and five rebounds in 36 minutes.

The 13-year veteran played for the New Jersey Nets from 2001-08.

MAGIC MISSING — The Orlando Magic was without guards Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo on Wednesday night when the Magic hosted the Rockets.

Nelson was out with an illness and Oladipo was sidelined Wednesday with a sore left ankle. For Oladipo it is his first missed game of the season.

The rookie guard is the only Magic player to appear in all 62 games.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn says Oladipo’s injury doesn’t stem from a specific incident, but is general soreness.

Shooting guard Arron Afflalo returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous five games with a sprained right ankle. Ronnie Price started in place of Nelson at point guard.

AROUND THE LEAGUE — Veteran forward Kevin Garnett sat out a third consecutive game because of back spasms when the Brooklyn Nets hosted Memphis on Wednesday night. Garnett hasn’t played since last Thursday at Denver. The Nets listed him as a game-time decision on Tuesday, but ruled him out Wednesday morning. Rookie Mason Plumlee started at forward in the Nets’ game on Wednesday. … Chris Douglas-Roberts started at shooting guard for the Charlotte Bobcats against the Indiana Pacers in place of the injured Gerald Henderson. Henderson is expected to be out at least through the end of the week with a strained right calf, according to Bobcats coach Steve Clifford. This was the second consecutive game Henderson has missed. Douglas-Roberts is averaging 4.6 points this season for Charlotte (27-33). … Zach Randolph missed the Memphis’ Grizzlies game in Brooklyn on Wednesday night because of the flu. The veteran power forward came to the arena in hopes of playing, but sat in the locker room with a hood over his head and holding his stomach and decided to sit out. Ed Davis started for the Grizzlies.


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