New York Knicks Rumors: Knickerbockers Should Steer Clear of Travis Outlaw

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2011

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The New Jersey Nets used the newly-implemented amnesty clause to cut small forward Travis Outlaw, and Marc Berman of the New York Post reports the New York Knicks are interested. It would be a curious move by the the Knicks, who should be focused on acquiring a guard or two.

The Knicks, who are now pursuing a forward to play off the bench, have expressed interest former Nets player Travis Outlaw if he clears the amnesty waiver process, according to an NBA source.

The Knicks could offer Outlaw their $2.5 million exception that has already been turned down by Grant Hill, Jamal Crawford and Shawne Williams.

Outlaw averaged just nine points and four rebounds for the Nets last season after signing a long-term contract. He's never been more than a fringe contributor, which made last offseason's deal look ominous from the outset for New Jersey.

While the Knicks could use some depth heading into a shortened season with a condensed schedule, they should be focused solely on adding another ball handler to the mix.

Jamal Crawford was one name that was speculated about for awhile, but the former Knick recently signed a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. So the search continues.

The regular season starts in less than two weeks, and it's tough for to imagine the Knicks feeling confident with Toney Douglas and Landry Fields being the only major players being involved in the backcourt.

If Outlaw were to accept their $2.5 million exception, it would leave them without many options when it came to bringing in more help for Douglas and Fields. The Knicks did bring in Mike Bibby, but he's only a shell of his former useful self.

So while the initial urge among fans might be to jump at a player like Outlaw, he wouldn't fill the team's most pressing need. Since the Knicks already has a strong core to build around, the depth additions should come at their weakest positions, which are SG and PG.

Save the exception and wait for a better guard option to use it on. Don't waste it on Outlaw, who wouldn't have a major impact playing behind Carmelo Anthony anyway.