Travis Outlaw

July 8, 2010 by Post Team 

Travis OutlawTravis Outlaw:EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New Jersey Nets have reached an agreement in principle with free agent forward Travis Outlaw on Thursday.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that Outlaw got a five-year contract worth $ 35 million. The person requested anonymity because the financial terms were not disclosed.

Outlaw played 34 games with the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers last season. He averaged 9.9 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Trail Blazers and 8.7 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Clippers.

The agreement was the Nets for the first time since free agency began last week, and is not even close to being a New Jersey that would excite fans after winning just 12 games last season.

The list of wishes for the new owner, Mikhail Prokhorov and the president and general manager Rod Thorn, including LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade with Rudy Gay at the head of the fallback position.

Gay re-signed with Memphis. Wade stayed in Miami, and Bosh is to join him there.

All that remains between the franchise player is James, and the Nets are not the favorites to get the MVP on two occasions when he announces his future plans on TV on Thursday night.

The Nets also courted by Utah forward Carlos Boozer, but was divided by the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

That left the Nets with 30 million U.S. dollars to spend on free agents, and began to go through to get Outlaw to come to New Jersey.

“We are very pleased to add Travis to our list,” said Thorn. “He’s a young, athletic fit very well with the style of game that Avery has settled.”

A seven-year veteran, Outlaw of Portland was the first-round draft pick (No. 23 overall) in 2003. He has played in 400 career games, averaging 9.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22 minutes while shooting .441 from the field and .363 from 3-point line. In six career games of the playoffs, he averaged nine points and three rebounds.

His best season was 2007-08 when he averaged 13.3 points and 4.6 rebounds.

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