Jason Collins is not likely to become a Detroit Piston.

ESPN.com reported Saturday that the Pistons are in contact with the free-agent center who made big headlines in April for being the first active athlete in a major North American team sport to announce he was gay.

But two sources with knowledge of the Pistons' plans told The News that Collins is not being seriously considered.

The Pistons are looking at several potential bigs to back up Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond and they prefer one younger than Collins 34 who is near the end of his career.

Collins has played 12 seasons in the NBA for New Jersey Memphis Minnesota Atlanta and last season Boston and Washington. His specialty is defense.