HoopsHype Travis Outlaw rumors

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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The Nets are one of the NBA's youngest teams, and have been playing under the specter of persistent rumors that they are about to be broken up. In the last week, they've been mired in trade rumors that have them involved in a three-team deal that would bring Denver star Carmelo Anthony to the Nets, who would send away as many as eight players to the Nuggets and Detroit. Outlaw, who is not one of the rumored players, said it's been an odd time. "We try not to pay attention to it," he said. Oregonian

January 6, 2011 Updates

The Nets could have had Richard Jefferson starting at small forward instead of Travis Outlaw if the price was right. After Jefferson became a free agent last summer, he wanted to return and help the Nets get back on track. "Having roots there, just respecting the organization and wanting to help bring them back to a level in which they had been accustomed to for most of the [last] decade, I explored that," Jefferson said. "That was something they really weren’t interested in." Bergen Record

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Big day in the NBA world is tomorrow, when players signed in the offseason can be traded. And no, no one wants Travis Outlaw and his $35 million contract. Bergen Record

December 10, 2010 Updates

Avery Johnson has seen enough of the losing. It’s time to play the rookies. In a move that symbolized both the Nets’ present failures and their hope for the future, Johnson benched his big offseason signing, Travis Outlaw, and started rookie Damion James at small during Thursday night's102-89 loss against the Mavericks. Johnson also revealed that he’ll start rookie prize Derrick Favors “sooner than later.” Favors, who was the third overall pick in this year’s draft, has regressed statistically since a strong start to the season. Johnson said during preseason that Favors would be starting at around the 41st game, but moved up the deadline after realizing his team is likely lottery-bound. Favors sat out Thursday's game with a thigh contusion. The Nets dropped to 6-17 and are in last in the Eastern Conference. “Basically it’s where we are in the season. (Before Thursday) we’re 10 games under .500. And I don’t want to wait too long,” he said. “So whether it’s the 40th game or some time next week that I start (Favors), I just don’t want to lose a whole year by him sitting on the bench.” New York Daily News

Johnson wanted to downplay the benching. He also reminded reporters that Outlaw is no Dirk Nowitzki, who he coached for over three seasons in Dallas. Outlaw joined Troy Murphy on the bench last night. The two subs account for roughly one-third of the team’s salary this season. “Travis works awfully hard. He’s a guy that can still be an asset to our franchise. Right now we just need to shake things up a little bit,” Johnson said. “We can’t think of the public spin of Travis Outlaw going to the bench. I think a bigger story would be Dirk Nowitzki going to the bench. We need a little bit of energy. We don’t get any steals. We don’t get any lay-ups in transition. So I’m looking at the whole effect of this change.” New York Daily News

November 7, 2010 Updates

Enter the New Jersey Nets. After missing out on the group of top tier free agents, New Jersey turned their attention to overachieving reserves that haven't been given the chance to spread their wings. The team signed Outlaw to a five-year, $35 million contract along with other underused talents such as Jordan Farmer and Anthony Morrow. The Nets wanted to give these players an opportunity to show what they're capable of in big minutes. This season, New Jersey's new acquisitions have 144 playoff games under their belts and the team is trying to forget last year's miserable campaign by adding fresh faces. "It's a new start," Outlaw told HOOPSWORLD. "You've got new coaches and new players. This really is a new start." HoopsWorld

Despite the changes, the Nets continue to be lumped with last year's twelve win team. However, this is a much better squad that won their first two games and then battled two of the best teams in the league, the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat, into the fourth quarter on consecutive nights. Because of the franchises recent struggles, the currently assembled group feels overlooked. "We are definitely the underdog in a lot of cases and I think this team can come together. I think we can [make the playoffs]. It's just going to take hard work and we know there's no shortcuts," said Outlaw. HoopsWorld

October 30, 2010 Updates

Outlaw, meanwhile, has been inconsistent in the preseason and, in his Nets’ debut Wednesday, he scored five points on seven shots. The 26-year-old watched from the bench as New Jersey overcame a seven-point deficit in the final two minutes to topple the Pistons. But he returned to the starting lineup last night against the Kings and demonstrated what he can provide the Nets - a long-range threat and a long-ranging body, which helped him score 18 points with five rebounds in 31 minutes. He said before the game that he feels like he have to prove himself, and then he dropped 13 in the first half of a 106-100 victory over Sacramento.“We set better screens for him and then we swung the ball to him when he was open,” coach Avery Johnson said. “This is kind of what we had in mind when with Outlaw. Not the first game. “He was much more aggressive and we liked his body language.” New York Daily News

October 1, 2010 Updates

Of course the $35 million he would get over five years wasn't exactly something to ignore. But mostly, he could be an NBA starting small forward. But he was around for like a half-hour when reports claimed the Nets were on the scent of Carmelo Anthony, an All-Star NBA small forward. "It wasn't as bad as people think," Outlaw said of the past week, which was basically a national 24/7 'Melo Watch. "Something always is on the verge of happening. Me being in the league for a while, I kind of understood the proceedings. I can only control what I do. . . . I leave everything to upper management. They have to do what's best for the team." New York Post

July 28, 2010 Updates

Now the warrant, which calls on Curry to post a $10,000 bond, is in the hands of the Cook County Sheriff’s office, a sheriff’s spokesman said. Because it is a civil matter, deputies are expected to work with Curry’s attorneys to have Curry turn himself in. If that doesn’t work, Curry will be arrested. Curry’s Chicago attorney Kelly Saindon declined comment. But court records show Saindon’s firm attempted to withdraw from the case earlier this month — accusing Curry of failing to pay his bills. “Defendant has continuously failed to pay invoices. Without his cooperation and payment of invoices, the [f]irm cannot represent [d]efendant in this matter,” according to the firm’s court filing. Chicago Sun-Times

July 14, 2010 Updates

As much as Tracy McGrady has wanted to play with LeBron James for the past two seasons, it’s still unclear if the Miami Heat are prepared to offer him a contract. Nevertheless, league sources say a fresh possibility for NBA employment has surfaced for McGrady: the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers have had conversations with McGrady’s agent, and team officials could soon decide to watch him work out for a closer inspection. With Travis Outlaw signing a free-agent contract with the New Jersey Nets, the Clippers are resolved to sign a swingman with some scoring punch off the bench. They’ve spent the last few days gathering information on McGrady and deciding how they want to proceed. Yahoo! Sports

July 9, 2010 Updates
July 8, 2010 Updates

Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn says the team hosted point guard Luke Ridnour and forward Travis Outlaw for free agent visits this week. Outlaw has agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract with the New Jersey Nets, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person requested anonymity because financial terms of the deal were not being disclosed. USA Today

When Travis Outlaw visited the New Jersey Nets to discuss a possible pairing, there was an "instant connection" between the 25-year-old small forward and coach Avery Johnson. It was quickly followed by a contractual one, as Outlaw has agreed to a five-year deal worth $35 million that will be signed next week. "There was a conversation between Avery Johnson and Travis, and there was an instant connection," Outlaw's agent, Bill Duffy, explained to FanHouse via phone. "I think Travis understands that with new ownership and the direction, there's a sense of urgency to turn this thing around. Travis is experienced, but he's still relatively young. He feels like he can be a centerpiece as a starter and really demonstrate his value to all of the NBA." FanHouse.com

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