Jason Collins back in D.C.?


Collins was a member of the Wizards for only the final two months of last season, but he quickly became a revered figure in a locker room filled with young players. The assumption, then, is that Collins would thus be welcomed back instantly in that locker room if the Wiz -- who have already lost starting center Emeka Okafor indefinitely to a neck injury -- ring him up and ask him to return. The greater obstacle is the fact that Washington has 15 guaranteed contracts and would have to scrap one to make room for him. Would the Wiz really do that for a spot-minute center? You'll recall that Detroit, in August, ultimately opted to sign Josh Harrellson after opening talks with Collins about a mentor role to young bigs Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.

Marc Stein.