Collins, who has played for the Nets, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Hawks, Celtics, and Wizards, announced via Sports Illustrated that he is a homosexual.
He's currently a free agent, and we'll see if this affects his search for a new employer. Many people have speculated in the past that players don't want to publicly admit to being homosexual because teams might think that it would be a distraction, and they wouldn't want that player on their team.
Collins played for Stanford with his twin brother Jarron, who didn't find out that his brother was gay until only a year ago.
Last year, in 6 games with the WIzards, Collins averaged around 1 point and 1 rebound in 9 minutes per game.
Realistically, we might not know how this affects his career. He's a decent backup for teams that need a big man. No more, no less. As you can see, with the amount that he played (and his effectiveness) last year in Washington, he was certainly expendable.
It's possible that Collins could remain unsigned and be semi-forced into retirement, and it could have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he's openly gay.
Collins' story about why he decided to come out right now is fascinating.
Now it has happened. We have an openly gay active NBA player. Time will tell how other players react, and how teams treat him, one way or another.