Posted by Matt Moore
Let's call it. The New Jersey Nets are off the board for LeBron James. We knew this probably by Tuesday, (or when they fell to third in the lottery, really) but today it pretty much became official. The Nets have agreed to terms with small forward Travis Outlaw on a 5-year, $35 million deal according to ESPN. The deal will give the Nets some much needed depth at a postion they've given up space at in an attempt to sign a max free-agent, which of course, they did not. It's kind of a big amount to be giving a default option, but Outlaw is certainly capable, is a veteran that knows what he's doing, and shores up the position. With Derrick Favors so raw, they needed some experience at the forward spot in between Favors and second-year man Terrence Williams.
Not exactly the brilliant star signing Mikhail Prokhorov probably hoped would start his tenure as owner.
Outlaw averaged 14 points on less than 40% shooting last year , being traded midseason to the Clippers in the Marcus Camby deal. He's only 26 this season, so he's got some upside, but it certainly seems like a resigned kind of signing to put that much money into a player that doesn't help take the Nets from the worst record to anything repspectable on his own.