Nets agree to sign Travis Outlaw

The New Jersey Nets have reached an agreement in principle with free agent forward Travis Outlaw, Nets President Rod Thorn announced today.  Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. The agreement is contingent on the passing of the required physical.

According to the New York Post, “Multiple sources have confirmed The Nets agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal with Travis Outlaw.”

“We are very pleased to add Travis to our roster,” said Thorn.  “He is a young, athletic player who will fit in very well with the style of play that Avery has installed.”

Outlaw, a seven-year NBA veteran, played in 34 games last season for the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers.  On February 16, the Starkville, Mississippi native was traded from Portland to Los Angeles along with Steve Blake in exchange for Marcus Camby and cash considerations.  In 11 games with Portland, Outlaw averaged 9.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 21 minutes before being traded.  In 23 contests, including six starts with the Clippers, he tallied 8.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 22 minutes per contest.  Selected out of Starkville High School in Mississippi, Outlaw was chosen by Portland in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft.  Over his seven NBA seasons, 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 behind the arc.  In six career playoff games, Outlaw holds averages of 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 28 minutes per contest.