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Nets Waive Outlaw, Sign Shawne Williams

In Free Agency on December 16, 2011 at 1:12 am

ESPN reports

The New Jersey Nets swapped out forwards on Thursday, signing Shawne Williams to a deal and waiving Travis Outlaw through the amnesty clause in the new collective bargaining agreement.

Nets coach Avery Johnson confirmed Thursday that the sharpshooting Williams has chosen New Jersey over the Knicks.

The deal is reportedly for two years and $6.1 million.

“He gives us a guy that can stretch the floor,” Nets general manager Billy King said of Williams, who shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range for the Knicks last season. “We were looking at that as we tried to build a team.”

Outlaw — who averaged 9.2 points and shot 38 percent from the field last season — has four years and $28 million remaining on his contract. The Nets will still have to pay it, but through the amnesty provision they receive salary cap relief by waiving Outlaw.

“I told Travis, it’s part of the business. It’s the ability to have flexibility,” King said. “It has nothing to do with you. I’ve got to keep as much flexibility for the organization as possible.”


Travis Outlaw

Travis Outlaw was badly overpaid last summer and the Nets made the right decision by using the amnesty on him.

That said, Outlaw is a solid rotation player in this league. A quality backup three or stretch four.

Outlaw is at his best offensively when playing the four because it matches him against a player with lesser quickness + lesser comfort defending on the perimeter. Outlaw uses his shooting range and a basic one-two dribble pull jump shot to turn himself into a very effective scorer off the bench used in this role.

At the three, he gives you size and solid all-round play but rarely creates matchup problems for the opposition. He can however help limit an opponents size advantage at the three given his own size.

As such, Travis Outlaw is worth around $3-4 million a year. If used in a prime sixth man role (not my preference – more a seventh or eight man), he could be decent value at $5 million.

Someone should pick up Outlaw off the amnesty waivers. Maybe Sacramento or Indiana.

Shawne Williams

Third string power forward. Should not be used as a rotation player.

A lot more limited offensively than Outlaw because he can’t take his man off the bounce. Similar value defensively and on the boards.

Bad contract at $6 million over two years. Minimum contract player.

The Nets’ Billy King continues his track record of grossly overpaying role players.


  1. Rumours that the Knicks will make a run at Outlaw …

    New York would be a great home for Travis Outlaw. He’d fit right in under Mike D’Antoni in those quick lineups with Outlaw at the four. Either beside Tyson Chandler (C) or alongside Amare Stoudemire (C).

    The Knicks could even use Outlaw at the two in some big lineups where appropriate. Although, I’d expect the largest chunk of his playing time to come as a backup PF and secondarily as a backup SF.

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