Thursday, July 8, 2010

Travis Outlaw Fills Hole at SF for the Nets

When the Nets cleared $30 million in cap space, they didn't expect their first signing to be Travis Outlaw. But after being shut out in their bid to acquire one of the premiere free agents, they signed Outlaw to a 5-year $35 million deal.

The Breakdown
With the Nets assured of not picking up a marquee free agent, Outlaw could be a nice sleeper for next season. With the trade of Chris Douglas-Roberts to the Bucks, the Nets only have Terrence Williams at the SF. From what I've seen in the Orlando Summer League, Williams is going to be playing more of a guard role, possibly even back up PG, so this clears the way for Outlaw to step in as the starting SF.

Outlaw has been a deadly 3 point shooter since he stepped into the NBA. That should obviously continue in New Jersey. Unfortunately, he doesn't give you much else. A lot of that has to do with the fact that's been relegated to a bench role throughout his career. If he can become the starter and play a good 30+ minutes, he could boost his scoring into the double digits and get closer to 6 rebounds a game, which are good numbers if you can snag Outlaw late in your draft. Keep an eye on his status on the depth chart when your draft approaches. Outlaw could end up being a real nice late pick that produces much more than he has so far in his career.

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