HoopsHype Travis Outlaw rumors

December 5, 2011 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Nets waiting to examine forward Travis Outlaw, who suffered a hand injury that could include a fracture, league sources tell Y! Outlaw expected to arrive into New Jersey on Monday evening. Twitter

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

November 29, 2011 Updates

The Nets would have room sign Nene to a max deal starting at 30 percent of the cap -- $17.4 million -- if they used amnesty on Travis Outlaw. The Pacers have enough room regardless, while the Rockets are close. They would either do a sign-and-trade or trade a player to create cap space or a trade exception. A source indicated the Rockets have no plans to use the amnesty clause on Terrence Williams. CBSSports.com

October 11, 2011 Updates

And after speaking to Outlaw over the phone yesterday from his home in Mississippi, it’s clear he’s motivated to show that on the court. “I know I’m way better than what I showed last season,” he said. “I just have to come in there to prove a point and make my team better.” New York Daily News

So what does that mean for Outlaw? He’s working with a conditioning coach and said he’s in better shape than he was at this point last year, when coach Avery Johnson felt compelled to enlist the small forward in his Breakfast Club. He also is playing in local tournaments, under the radar compared to his teammates competing in New York and overseas. “A lot of running,” Outlaw said of his offseason training. “I’m putting myself in the best position possible.” New York Daily News

May 9, 2011 Updates

Outlaw was Johnson's target for arriving into camp out of shape and, according to Billy King, the setback affected his entire season, which was disappointing after the small forward signed a five-year, $35 million deal. King said Sunday it wouldn’t happen again. “We talked to him. He knows. He knows what he has to do. He’s prepared,’ King said. “He understood exactly the mistakes he made.” “I think sometimes when they’re free agents they don’t do anything until they sign their contract. Once you get started, it’s too late.” New York Daily News

Outlaw signed with the Nets over the Trailblazers last summer because, in part, he wanted to be a starter. Not long into the season, he was back on the bench, finishing with averages of 9.2 points and 4 rebounds while shooting 37.5 percent from the field. At this point, King isn’t ready to cast Outlaw as a starter or a substitute. “I don’t know,” he said. “The way I look at it is every postition is open – obviously there’s some guys where there spots are pretty secure. But his spot has to be earned. He knows what’s there and he’s got to earn it.” New York Daily News

April 20, 2011 Updates
April 8, 2011 Updates

The Nets hope some opposing executives feel the same way. On the Nets’ off-season, to-do list is trying to find a team to take Outlaw, who began Wednesday averaging 9.2 points on 37.8-percent shooting. Perhaps the only redeeming quality about Outlaw’s contract is it doesn’t increase. He makes $7 million per year across the board and he’s only 26. Bergen Record

It’s not all Outlaw’s fault he’s become this season’s Yi Jianlian. The Nets are the ones who gave the forward a five-year, $35 million contract last summer. But Outlaw admits he hasn’t met the expectations that come with a deal like that. "It was not a good season for me," said Outlaw, who had 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting in Wednesday’s 116-109 loss to the Detroit Pistons. "It wasn’t bad. I was at a new position. But I know I can do way better. "I’m a little disappointed because I know I can play way better than what I’m doing." Bergen Record

February 21, 2011 Updates

Al Iannazzone: As far as I know, Outlaw is not involved. And Devin to Portland doesn't mean something with Denver couldn't happen with ex-Knicks. Twitter

February 17, 2011 Updates

Portland’s backup shooting guard Rudy Fernandez has been discussed, a source said. The Nets have talked about adding another big man so Joel Przybilla and his expiring contract also may be involved. If the Nets’ talks with Denver turn serious, Harris may be needed for that deal. Everything is up in the air. Bergen Record

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