Oh No, Sacto!

Travis Outlaw is a case in point about how looks can be deceiving.  He looks like a baller. He’s a lean, muscular 6’9″ 210 pounds.  He runs the floor very well, and he has a big wingspan.  For those reasons, I assume, NBA executives keep throwing money at him.

In 2003 Portland drafted him ahead of Kendrick Perkins, Mo Williams, and Leo Barbosa.  During the Summer of LeBron, New Jersey signed Outlaw to a five year/35 million dollar contract.  They realized that mistake quickly and amnestied him last week, which led Sacramento to sign him on Saturday.  The problem is that while indeed, he looks like a baller; he now has a substantial track record to suggest that he’s not a very good one.  He’s below average at the following skills:  scoring, shooting, rebounding, passing, and defense.  He’s also 27 which means he’s not likely to get much better.  His deal in Sacto is for four years and 12 million dollars.

It’s the sort of thing that makes me scream when ever owners talked about the need for a hard salary cap this past summer.  When they make deals like this, a better salary cap won’t help, a thinking cap might though.


About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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