|Friday, November 16
Suns get Outlaw, first-round pick from Magic
The Suns, who also got an unspecified amount of cash from Orlando, sent Jud Buechler to the Magic and Vinny Del Negro to the Clippers. Orlando also gave cash to Los Angeles and acquired an option to swap second-round picks with the Clippers in the 2005 draft.
The first-round draft pick, with the year unspecified, is the remaining selection that Phoenix sent to Orlando as part of the sign-and-trade deal to acquire Penny Hardaway in 1999.
Outlaw, in his ninth NBA season, brings much-needed defense, rebounding, size and hustle to the Suns.
"We're nine games into our season and we have been on the floor twice for loose balls," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "That's not going to cut it. One word, kind of an old fashioned word, comes to mind when you think of him, and that's hustle.
"There are certain players in the league who have the reputation of giving it to you every single night, and he's one of them."
Outlaw was in uniform for Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
"It's a good feeling that somebody wants you that bad to work things out the way they did," Outlaw said of the trade. "I'm just going to try to come out here and help my teammates. I've been saying for five or six years now, it's not about me, it's about we."
Outlaw is expected to play 20-to-25 minutes off the bench for Phoenix, far more than either Buechler or Del Negro did.
"Bo Outlaw should immediately impact the energy level of this basketball team," Suns president Bryan Colangelo said. "He has proven to be an effective defender, rebounder and shot blocker. He can change the flow of the game."
After trading two players and getting one back, the Suns filled the roster vacancy by activating forward Dan Majerle, who had been on the injured list since the start of the season recovering from surgery on his right ring finger.
Orlando wanted to clear room in the future for signing a free agent. Outlaw has four years remaining on a contract that pays him about $6 million per year. Buechler has two years left on his contract.
Colangelo acknowledged that the deal puts the Suns in danger of being subject to the NBA's luxury tax at the end of the season, but future moves could be made to get the team under the tax threshold, which has yet to be determined.
Outlaw was in his fifth season with the Magic. He has averaged 6.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in his NBA career. He averaged 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10 games this season.
His finest season came in his first with Orlando, in 1997-98, when he teamed with Hardaway and averaged career highs of 9.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots.
Buechler came to Phoenix last summer with John Wallace as part of the trade that sent Cliff Robinson to Detroit. Buechler appeared in six games with Phoenix and scored six points on two 3-pointers.
Del Negro was acquired by the Suns in a trade midway through last season. He has played in two games after starting the season on the injured list with a foot injury. The Clippers immediately waived him.