Knicks considered Collins in offseason

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In the offseason, the Knicks discussed the possibility of adding free-agent center Jason Collins, coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday.

Collins is the first active player in one of the four major American professional team sports to announce that he is gay. He is a free agent and has yet to sign with a team.

The Knicks ultimately decided to go in a different direction with their frontcourt.

"His name has come up," Woodson said. "There are a lot of veteran guys' names that come up. This summer we tried to mix it up a little bit with some young and then some vet guys as well."

The Knicks made a concerted effort to sign some younger players in free agency after older veterans Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas were injured at various points last season.

They signed the following bigs to training camp contracts: Jeremy Tyler, 20; Cole Aldrich, 24; Ike Diogu, 30; and Josh Powell, 30. They also re-signed 36-year-old Kenyon Martin and added 33-year-old Metta World Peace in free agency.

The Detroit Pistons expressed exploratory interest in signing Collins but ultimately passed on him.

For an in-depth look at why Collins, 34, hasn't been signed yet, check out this piece by ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

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