Free agency has begun in the NBA, but teams aren't exactly falling over themselves for a 34-year-old center with career averages of 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. That means Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player, could become NBA's first openly gay player to not have a job come October.
Let's just say it very clearly: Jason Collins is not Dwight Howard. Howard, who went from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he did not mesh with Kobe Bryant, had the entire sports world (including his own teammates) speculating on which team he'd sign with once free agency began. Billboards around Los Angeles begged him to stay, Rockets forward Chandler Parsons asked him to come play in Houston, and pitches came from owners like the Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban. In the end, Howard chose Houston, for which Bryant stopped following him on Twitter.
Collins is not being courted to any such degree, because he's not nearly as good as Howard. Nor is he as skilled or productive as the next crop of players, like Andre Iguodala and Nikola Pekovic, nor as sought-after as center Omer Asik, who is making a stink about losing his starting spot to Howard. To add insult to injury, Chris Kaman—a perpetually injured, serviceable center past his prime—was picked up in a rush by the Lakers after they lost Howard.