BREAKING: They were connected.
In a move that surprised no one, coach Avery Johnson officially announced that the Nets will use their amnesty provision on small forward Travis Outlaw.
The Nets will still pay Outlaw’s 5-year, $35 million contract. It will count towards the salary floor and BRI distribution through 2015 (the final year of the contract), but will not count towards the cap. This means the Nets now have roughly $20 million in cap space, but only need to spend around $2 million to meet the salary floor.
Johnson wished Outlaw luck, while Billy King called it a business decision to help maintain flexibility.
In 82 games last year, Outlaw pump-faked his way into 9 points per game on 38% shooting, with a career-low 8.8 PER. He’ll fit in somewhere — though his hand injury might prolong that — but Outlaw was one of the slam-dunk amnesty choices in the NBA.