Outlaw career stats.
Do Nets management see something in those stats i don't? I see terrible field goal percentage, poor rebounding for someone who supposedly plays best as a power forward, and non-existent passing skills. This sounds like how you describe a vet. minimum player, not a 35 millions dollar player.
Maybe management panicked when the big free agents turned them down, but the Nets had been cutting salary for more or less two years and to just throw away the cap space that had been so painfully built up is just pitiful. Signings like Farmar and Morrow were cheap and forgetting injuries both have been playing respectful, even Petro was better because at least he was a cheap mistake.
I don't know if i can stand to watch one more wide open jump shot missed, or one more three pointer clanking off the rim. At some point Avery just needs to tell him to stop shooting or just stop playing him, the Nets losing ways can't be completely blamed on him, but it seems any time they start to make a run in a game Outlaw just bricks another wide open shot.
This weekend has been full of hype over all the Carmelo progress, personally i am indifferent to whether it goes through or not. Right now we are getting blown out by woeful teams and Outlaw is a problem not a solution. There is a reason he is one of only 5 players not being discussed in a potential Carmelo trade. Lopez is being kept for his potential, The Hump and Farmar are being kept for their solid play and contribution, Damion is being kept for the needed depth at the 2 and 3. That leaves Outlaw and he is being kept because no one wants his huge contract and poor play.
The Nets organization has made many mistakes in the last couple of years, but none is affecting the Nets poor play as directly as the Outlaw mistake is currently.