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.