Sources: Nets Eye Jason Collins

Despite his modest career averages of 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds, Collins is a natural target for the Nets given his defensive know-how, history with the franchise and reputation as a great teammate. Trading for the Lakers' Hill, furthermore, would have added an estimated $17 million to the Nets' books when accounting for salary and luxury taxes, which would have spiked this season's financial obligations to nearly $211 million.

Collins was the 18th pick in the 2001 draft by Houston before being sent to the Nets in a draft-night deal. He has played for Memphis and Minnesota in addition to his stints with the Nets, Hawks, Celtics and Wizards.

When Sam made his announcement on Feb. 9, some three months before the NFL draft in May, Collins took to Twitter to call him "a great young man who has shown tremendous courage and leadership."

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