HoopsHype Travis Outlaw rumors


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
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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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January 16, 2011 Updates

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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