Travis Outlaw

Sixers accidentally put Bo Outlaw, not Travis, on their roster page


On Monday, the New York Knicks traded journeyman forward Travis Outlaw to the Philadelphia 76ers for little-used third-year big man Arnett Moultrie. Following the trade, the Sixers updated the roster page on their website to show a picture of their newest player.

One problem: They posted the wrong guy. Rather than Travis Outlaw, they updated their roster to include a picture of Bo Outlaw, whom you may remember from the turn-of-the-century Orlando Magic. Bo Outlaw is 43 years old and retired from the NBA in 2008.

Here’s a screenshot, via SB Nation:



There are two equally sad pieces to this story:

1. Bo, at age 43 and seven years into retirement, could very well be a better player than Travis.

2. Even still, Travis would still probably be one of the five best players on a historically awful Sixers team.

It doesn’t matter regardless, because the Sixers waived Outlaw immediately following the trade. Probably because he was too good. Which is sad, because Travis Outlaw hasn’t been a relevant NBA player since 2009.


Report: Knicks reconsidering, now leaning toward declining Shane Larkin’s option


The Knicks planned to exercise Shane Larkin’s team option for 2015-16, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Apparently, they never made the move official.

I’m not sure what changed in the last 10 days. Waiving Travis Outlaw doesn’t affect New York’s 2015 cap space.

I think the Knicks should exercise the Larkin’s third-year option, though it’s a close call. New York is obviously wary of cutting at all into its 2015 cap room, because Larkin’s salary – $1,675,320 – isn’t much, and if he’s cleared from the roster, a $525,093 roster charge would replace him.

I think it’s more likely than not the 22-year-old Larkin rebounds from an underwhelming rookie year with the Mavericks to the point the Knicks could give him away without a sweetener next summer if necessary. But that’s hardly a given, and there is definitely logic to declining the option and ensuring New York maximizes its cap space.

Given their market, the Knicks have a different strategy than most teams in balancing developing youth and acquiring veteran free agents. It’s an equation that nudges the needle a little closer to declining Larkin’s option.

Report: Knicks to trade Travis Outlaw to Sixers for Arnett Moultrie


Travis Outlaw couldn’t stick in Sacramento last season (they were nearly four points worse per 100 possessions when he played) and after getting a look at him in training camp the Knicks decided they might just cut him loose and keep undrafted rookie Travis Wear.

Except the Knicks found a taker in a trade — the Philadelphia 76ers. A team that has no use for Outlaw either and will soon cut him free.

Marc Stein of ESPN broke the news.

UPDATE: New York acquired then instantly waived Arnett Moultrie. He could be destined for their D-League team.

The Knicks have Quincy Acy up front, he will get the minutes that it seemed Outlaw might get before camp opened.

Moultrie is unquestionably athletic but after a nice rookie season took a huge step back last season following ankle injuries. He had conditioning issues (and missed five games for a drug suspension last season) but looked a little better in the preseason, putting up solid lines. That was not enough.

What does Philadelphia get out of this? Picks. Sam Hinkie is still hoarding picks. And they get worse on the court. They have no real use for Outlaw, they are going to give frontline minutes to Nerlens Noel, Henry Sims, Malcolm Thomas (who they like) and Brandon Davies.

It’s not likely Outlaw — a stretch four who is a negative on both ends of the court at this point (although he can hit some threes) — will land another deal.

Report: Knicks waiving Travis Outlaw to make room for Travis Wear


The Knicks accepted Travis’ Outlaw’s salary in a trade in order to get Quincy Acy.

Now that Acy – an aggressive energy player – is in New York, the Knicks have little use for Outlaw. If anything, Outlaw’s $3 million salary could help facilitate a trade, but he hasn’t played effectively in a few years.

So, New York probably planned to keep Outlaw around unless someone emerged in the preseason.

Well, someone emerged in the preseason – Travis Wear, who signed as undrafted free agent from UCLA after playing for the Knicks’ summer-league team.

Adam Zagoria of

The Knicks will keep Travis Wear on their 15-man roster and waive veteran Travis Outlaw, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told and The Knicks Blog.

Good for Wear earning a roster spot. That the Knicks would eat $3 million to get him speaks to how much he’s impressed Phil Jackson.

The biggest drawback to the move is Outlaw’s $3 million salary is stuck on the cap and can’t be traded. It will still come off the books next summer, when New York projects to have major cap space, but the Knicks lose a little flexibility in the meantime for a mid-season trade.

ProBasketballTalk 2014-15 Preview: New York Knicks


Last season: The Knicks finished just a game out of the playoffs, but their final place in the standings is more than a little bit deceiving. New York had a largely dismal campaign that saw the team underachieve, especially when expectations were so high following a 54-win season and a trip to the second round of the playoffs. Injuries to multiple big men, a regression from J.R. Smith and consistently poor play from the point guard position left Carmelo Anthony trying to do it all by himself most nights, and the overall performance of the team was poor enough to see significant changes made this summer.

Signature highlight from last season: Carmelo Anthony is one of the game’s elite scorers, and he put on a stellar shooting display on Jan. 25 against the Bobcats which resulted in him scoring 62 points on 23-of-35 shooting. The Knicks were just 15-27 at the time and entered the game having lost five straight, and with this being a Friday night in Manhattan, it’s worth wondering how many season ticket holders made other plans, and missed seeing this incredible performance in person.

Key player changes: Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton were traded to Dallas in exchange for Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert, and New York also added Travis Outlaw and Quincy Acy via trade with the Kings.

Keys to the Knicks season:

The Triangle Offense: Phil Jackson was hired as president of basketball operations this summer, and while his health will prevent him from returning to a head coaching role on a full-time basis, he’ll be doing so by proxy as much as possible. Derek Fisher was hired as head coach, and Kurt Rambis was installed as his lead assistant — both of whom have extensive experience with the Triangle Offense that helped Jackson’s teams win all those titles. It can take time to teach, however, especially to a group of players that are completely uninitiated. New York’s offense wasn’t terrible last season (it ranked 11th in efficiency), but the Triangle is more of an equal opportunity system than whatever it was the Knicks were running under Mike Woodson. If run properly, it will not only help Anthony get the ball in a variety of positions to score, but it will do the same for his teammates, theoretically lightening his load in the process.

Fit of the new pieces: Trading away Tyson Chandler means there is a large hole in the Knicks frontcourt defense that needs to be filled, which is pretty important considering that the team ranked just 26th on that end of the floor last season. Samuel Dalembert can be a capable defender when engaged, but beyond that you’re looking at Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire, neither of whom have a reputation of being impactful defenders. While that area remains a question mark, New York massively upgraded at the point guard position with the acquisition of Jose Calderon — not only a solid floor general, but also someone who consistently ranks among the league leaders in three-point shooting percentage.

More moves on the way? The Knicks were stuck this summer without the ability to go after additional talent via free agency, mainly because of two problematic contracts that have the team over the salary cap. Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani are both in the final year of their respective deals, and combined they count for almost $35 million in salary for next season. New York is certainly eying next summer, when they’ll both come off the books in time for the team to try to be active in what’s expected to be a deep free agent market. But since the two aren’t in the long-term plans, Phil Jackson may try to move one or both to add some youth, or some talent more readily available to help the team win in the immediate future. It would likely require the Knicks giving up an asset of their own to entice someone to take on these unsavory contracts, but it isn’t out of the question, depending on who Jackson believes could be had in a trade that would fit his vision of the future.

Why you should watch: Carmelo Anthony is one of the game’s best scorers, and is one of the rare players in the league who occasionally goes through extended stretches where he seemingly can’t be stopped.

Prediction: With all of the changes, from the front office to the coaching staff to some key rotation players on the roster, it’s difficult to see this Knicks team getting off to a fast start. The Triangle Offense is complicated, and installing new offensive and defensive schemes at the same time can be a lot for players to grasp. A return to the playoffs isn’t necessarily likely, but there are only five or six teams in the East that you can pencil in as an almost certainty. New York has a chance to compete for one of the remaining spots, and in a season where championship aspirations are admittedly out of the picture, that’s really all you can ask for.