Jason Quick’s new “partner”, Joe Freeman, is reporting that the Blazers and Travis Outlaw have agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract. It’s unclear whether the third year is fully guaranteed or a team option.
I like this signing. Even if last year's progression was his plateau, I think you can get away with paying a 20-minute per game, 10 point, 6 rebound player $4 million per year. That's not a contract that could even come close to crippling the franchise, and with Travis being so young, he still has some room to grow. At this point in his career, we can probably forget about Travis turning into an all-star, but the skills and statistics are there to indicate that he has the ability to turn into a solid role player and perhaps starter. It's another solid move and I think the potential positives of this signing outweigh any potential negatives.