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Jason Collins will have at least another 10 days to continue his trailblazing tour. Sources confirmed the Nets plan to re-sign Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, to a 10-day contract after his current one expires Tuesday. After that 10-day deal, which would start Wednesday, Brooklyn will have to decide whether to cut him or sign him for the remainder of the season. Collins, meanwhile, said he was oblivious to any agreement. NY Daily News
"I would like to see him back because, honestly, what he brings to the team, we need it," Shaun Livingston told the Daily News. "K.G. being out certain games, we need a big-man presence. The more comfort he gets with this team, I think he can kind of be a defensive anchor along the lines of K.G. because we're small. We need a big man and a bruiser moving people around out there." NY Daily News
The Nets have been very careful to dispel notion that Collins' signing is a publicity stunt, and, although Collins' jersey was the top seller on the NBA's website, a Barclays Center representative has said the No. 98 won't be on sale at the arena until Collins is inked for the rest of the season. NY Daily News
Rockets forward Chandler Parsons returned to Monday’s practice after several days spent battling a sinus infection. Parsons struggled badly in Los Angeles on Wednesday, missed Friday’s practice and Saturday’s game against the Pistons, but was cleared to practice and play this week. Houston Chronicle
Guard Troy Daniels, signed off the Rockets’ D-League affiliate last week, joined the team on Monday having spent the season as the epitome of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers’ much-discussed style that the Rockets ordered as part of their philosophy about the value of 3-pointers. The Rockets released Ronnie Brewer to sign Daniels with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey calling Daniels the best 3-point shooter then not in the NBA. Houston Chronicle Blog
Playing for the Knicks "would've been a lot of fun," according to Jimmer Fredette, but the Glen Falls product was passed over by his hometown squad. Instead, the Knicks inked Shannon Brown and Earl Clark to 10-day contracts, while Fredette signed with the Bulls. NY Daily News
"It's not necessarily disappointing. It is what it is. It's a business," Fredette said before Chicago played at the Nets on Monday. "They're going to make the best decision for what they feel is best for their team. So I can't really worry about it too much. ….It could've been fun because I'm from New York. But I'm not worried about it right now." NY Daily News
The Cavaliers enter March chasing their first playoff berth in four years. Now they’re going to get a little extra help just in time. Dion Waiters expects to play Tuesday when the Cavs host the San Antonio Spurs. There is also a small chance Anderson Varejao plays, although that seems unlikely. Varejao, however, is clearly feeling better and could return Friday in time for Al Jefferson and the Charlotte Bobcats. Akron Beacon Journal
When Varejao returns, perhaps later this week, coach Mike Brown will have to decide whom to start at center. Varejao has already lost the starting job once this season to Andrew Bynum and it appears he has again to Spencer Hawes. “My intentions are to keep doing what we’re doing,” Brown said. The Cavs’ spacing and offense has looked better with Hawes in the middle, making it difficult now for Brown to go back to Varejao as the starter. Akron Beacon Journal
John Wall first met Allen Iverson at Reebok headquarters in Boston about four years ago, when Wall was a peach-fuzzed 19-year-old who had just completed his freshman year at Kentucky and Iverson was still a legendary figure who, unbeknownst to many, had already played his final game in the NBA. At the time, Wall was a shoe free agent, on his way toward becoming the No. 1 overall pick, and exploring his options in search of the right company to serve as the foundation for his personal brand. Iverson was the closer on the deal, sent in by executives to convince Wall to become part of the Reebok family. Washington Post Blog
Wall eventually committed to a five-year, $25 million deal with Reebok, which used Iverson’s image in an animated commercial that signaled the 2001 NBA most valuable player was passing the baton to a kid almost 15 years his junior. Wall has since severed his ties with Reebok, switching over to Adidas last year. But Wall couldn’t deny his affinity for Iverson and the influence that he had on Wall’s game on a memorable night in Philadelphia. Washington Post Blog
Wall admitted that, because of Iverson, he had braided hair so long that, “I looked like a girl.” Since he didn’t hit his growth spurt until before his junior year, Wall always identified with Iverson. He claims that he was about 5-feet-6 as a freshman in high school, so he developed a similarly reckless style of play – while also wearing headbands and arm sleeves to resemble the 11-time all-star and four-time scoring champion. Washington Post Blog
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