HoopsHype Travis Outlaw rumors


December 15, 2011 Updates
December 10, 2011 Updates

Turkoglu has a 15 percent trade kicker, which would bump his salary from $10.6 million to $12.2 million. Howard is making $17.9 million this season, so the Nets would be sending only $3.08 million out and getting back $31.1 million in salary. Using the amnesty clause on Travis Outlaw ($7 million) would get New Jersey’s cap number down to the $33 million range, hence the need to clear an extra $5 million to fit both Howard and Turkoglu in under the cap. SheridanHoops

Travis Outlaw didn’t want to talk about how he broke his right hand, as well as the question about becoming an amnesty clause victim (the Nets have until Friday to decide). Outlaw, who skipped physical contact, admitted he broke his hand working out while boxing, refusing additional details “’cause it’s kind of embarrassing.” New York Post

December 9, 2011 Updates
December 7, 2011 Updates

Travis Outlaw will be able to take part in contact practice in 10 days, the Nets say after their doctors examined his broken right (shooting) hand this evening. Whether he'll be on the Nets in 10 days is still to be announced. According to a press release sent out moments ago, Outlaw broke his hand nine weeks ago and had surgery at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. He was examined by team physician Dr. Riley Williams III and hand specialist Dr. Andrew Weiland. It is unclear whether Outlaw's injury would have any effect on the team's ability to remove him from the team via the new amnesty provision. Outlaw, 27, signed a five-year, $35 million contract as a free agent in 2010 and badly disappointed. If the Nets do get rid of him, the four years, $28 million remaining on his contract would not count against the $58 million salary cap, and the team would be about $23 million below the cap this year. Newark Star-Ledger

December 6, 2011 Updates

New Jersey Nets small forward Travis Outlaw will be able to participate in contact drills in 10 days after an examination of his broken right shooting hand on Tuesday, the team announced. Given that timeframe, Outlaw would miss the first week of training camp, which begins on Friday. ESPN.com

December 5, 2011 Updates
December 2, 2011 Updates

Now a lot of people have been asking me when the Nets will use the amnesty clause on small forward Travis Outlaw, who will be paid $7 million per season through 2014-2015. However, by renouncing Humphries, who currently has a $6.4 million cap hold, the Nets could clear almost as much cap space. One league source told HOOPSWORLD that the Nets aren’t expected to amnesty Outlaw AND renounce Humphries unless they absolutely need the cap space. HoopsWorld

November 30, 2011 Updates

“We have an eye on the future, but also have an eye on now. I want to build a team that can be successful, and if it takes us to build a team now that down the road will be successful, we’ll do it now. I’m not going to sit here and say we’ll wait for the future because the future is not promised to anybody. I’ve been in the situation where we have a three-year plan, a four-year plan, sometimes you’re not there to finish it out.” This strategy would indicate the Nets will exercise the amnesty clause on Travis Outlaw, giving them between $22 to $24 million in cap space. They could also save the amnesty and exercise it on Outlaw before next season when a more heralded free-agent class becomes available. New York Daily News

Sources told ESPN.com this week that, to sweeten the proposal, New Jersey would likewise offer to take back the contract of Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu, who has three seasons left on his contract worth just under $35 million. Absorbing Turkoglu's remaining salary would become financially feasible for the Nets after the expected release of swingman Travis Outlaw through the amnesty clause that will be included in the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement and by including another smaller contract or two in the deal. ESPN.com

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