It was clear this weekend and became even clearer today: The Knicks picked their Travis, and it's not the one we expected. They're getting rid of Travis Outlaw to sign the undrafted Travis Wear, who showed some real versatility in preseason and should now bounce between the end of the Knicks' bench and the W-Knicks.
If the Knicks just cut Outlaw, they'd have to eat his $3 million of guaranteed money. Sixers to the rescue:
ESPN sources say Knicks have agreed to terms to trade Travis Outlaw to Philly— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 27, 2014
Philly happily plays contract graveyard for the whole league. It, of course, comes with a small fee:
Philadelphia will get a future second-rounder from the Knicks as well as rights to swap another future second-rounder— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 27, 2014
Trade calls for Sixers to send Arnett Moultrie to New York and take in Travis Outalw, who is likely to be released by Philly— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 27, 2014
Would have been nicer for us if they just ate the contract. Oh well. I'm happy the Knicks chose Wear over Outlaw (and they'll presumably waive Moultrie...and keep his rights in Westchester?), but this is them paying a second-rounder and a half to unload a guy they JUST acquired in a trade (which, based on how things have shaken out, was done just to acquire Quincy Acy). So you have to set all those dominos upright and decide whether it was all worth it. I dunno. Little things, but things just the same.
Anyway, welcome to the Knicks, Travis Wear.
Additional movitvation for Knicks to do Travis Outlaw deal: They just shaved nearly $4.7 million off their luxury-tax bill with this trade— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 27, 2014