Japanese player put on injured list

Updated: November 8, 2004, 4:07 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Bo Outlaw, whose tough post play was missed last season while the Phoenix Suns struggled to their worst record in 16 years, signed a one-year contract Monday to rejoin the team.

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The Suns said the 6-foot-8 forward would join them in Chicago and suit up for Saturday night's game against the Bulls.

To make room, the Suns placed guard Yuta Tabuse, the first Japanese-born player to make an NBA roster, on the injured list with a right quadricep strain.

Outlaw won fans for his defense and hard-nosed play during two seasons with Phoenix, when he averaged 4.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 153 games. He received the Dan Majerle Hustle Award after his final season in 2002-03.

But the Suns dealt Outlaw and center Jake Tsakalidis to Memphis for Brevin Knight, Robert Archibald and Cezary Trybanski on Sept. 30, 2003, citing the need to create cap flexibility.

He averaged 6.0 points and 5.3 rebounds with Memphis, which released him Nov. 1.

Outlaw, 33, the Suns' oldest player and only one of two over 30 (point guard Steve Nash is the other), was undrafted out of the University of Houston and played in Spain and in the Continental Basketball Association before starting his 11-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers in 1993.

He was with the Clippers four seasons before signing with Orlando as a free agent in 1997, and the Magic traded him to Phoenix on Nov. 16, 2001.

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