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Ford's take on possible Outlaw amnesty

Chad Ford went through all 30 NBA teams and choose who should be waived via the amnesty clause.

Here's his take on the Nets.

Most likely amnesty cut: Travis Outlaw

How likely to use amnesty this season? Slam dunk

Other amnesty candidate: Johan Petro

Analysis: Signing Outlaw to a five-year, $35 million deal was one of the most head-scratching moves in the summer of 2010. Outlaw rewarded the Nets with the worst season he's ever had, registering an abysmal PER of 8.8 last season. The Nets, as a result, have to be relishing the return of the amnesty clause as much as anyone.

There are also strong indications, sources say, that Outlaw could be claimed by another team with cap room after being released through the amended waiver process, which only gives New Jersey more incentive to make the move. The Nets, in that scenario, would no longer be on the hook for Outlaw's whole salary, while also freeing up some cap space to sign a new small forward (such as Caron Butler, Tayshaun Prince or Andrei Kirilenko).

Given how aggressively the Nets are chasing free agents such as Nene and Tyson Chandler to upgrade the roster around Deron Williams -- while continuing their trade pursuit of Dwight Howard -- Outlaw's exit in Jersey via the amnesty door is as close to a sure thing as there is on this list.