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Bulls, Warriors interested in amnestied Roy

Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:51 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 5:47 am
By Matt Moore 

Brandon Roy is all of a sudden the hottest topic on the table, all thanks to his bad knees and the NBA lockout. Roy is a candidate for the Blazers to exercise their amnesty clause on, as the Oregonian reported this week. The amnesty clause allows teams to waive a player, removing his salary from the cap and subsequent luxury tax implications, while still having to pay out the rest of his contract. Under the terms of the new CBA, an auction will be held with teams who have cap room able to bid to take on all or part of the player's contract. The winning bid counts against the new team's cap, it's believed. 

Roy, they'd be on the hook for over $68 million to pay him over the next four seasons. (We'd just like to point how monumentally stupid giving Roy this extension given their prior knowledge of his health was. $68 million. Seriously.) In 2014-2015, he's on pace to pull in $19.3 million alone. (Again, stupendously stupid.) If a team in the amnesty auction were to offer $6 million and win the bid, that $6 million would be their cap hit for Roy, while the Blazers would pay the remaining balance, without it affecting their cap.

Monday we shared a report that indicated that the Timberwolves were interested in Roy. Monday night, the Contra Costa Times reported the Warriors are also in on the hunt should the Blazers release Roy. 
But the Warriors are in the market for a veteran guard, likely at shooting guard. And a couple team sources let me know that if Brandon Roy is indeed Portland’s amnesty choice, as the Oregonian reported, the Warriors are definitely interested.
via Can You Picture Brandon Roy in a Warriors Uniform? - Inside the Warriors - with Marcus Thompson.

The reality is that no one has forgotten what Roy was capable of in 2008, nor what he did to the Mavericks in that one game in Portland before the Mavericks snuffed the life out of the Blazers' season. When healthy enough, he's able to score from everywhere on the floor, attack and nail tough jumper after tough jumper. Mark Jackson could use an experienced veteran like Roy in Golden State to set an example. But there are so many questions about Roy, because of the meniscus in his knees, or lack thereof. 

ESPN reports that the Bulls are also interested in pursuing Roy, but due to their cap situation, they would have to hope he falls through all the teams with cap room's open hands first, which is highly unlikely to occur. Roy makes a lot of sense for the Bulls, who wouldn't need him to create off the dribble and who could still fit him into their defensive system. Brandon Roy on one leg is still better than Carlos Boozer on two. 

Is Roy worth the flier to see if he can contribute? Absolutely. But he comes with an inherent risk, that he could be physically unable to compete on any given night. The first question is whether he'll be amnestied. From there, the bidding war for Roy begins. 


Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:08 am

Bulls, Warriors interested in amnestied Roy

Lee: his knees are now bone on bone according to his doctors. He is a great talent but his body is not holding up. It is tragic at such a young age.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:56 am

Roy is still Portland's

Was it stupid to sign the rookie of the year and two time All Star to a max contract? Maybe it is too soon to tell. Roy had surgery last year and did not bounce back from that surgery. Is he done? Not according to the people that had to guard him this summer. He is reportedly healthy and ready to play. The Blazers have $15M this year pay to see if Roy can still bring it. They will pay that same $15M (or most of it) whether or not he plays for Portland. So why not wait and see what develops. Without Roy and Oden the Blazers are not contenders. Even removing his salary from the cap still leaves them with a team over the cap. Do they need that room to sign another player? Perhaps Oden and Batum (due for rookie extension.) I say keep Roy and develop that team while he either shows he is back or needs to retire. Yes, the luxury tax doubles his cost. But the luxury tax is still 1-1 this year and next. And there is zero chance Portland acquires anything near Roy's talent in the near future. Giving up now seems to send a message to the fans that they are no longer trying to get that next championship. That would be a bad message to a fan base that sells out the arena every game.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:23 am

Roy's done.

He will be amnestied.  He can't play defense anymore.  If some team thinks he's a low risk reclamation project they are most likely going to be disappointed.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:55 am

Bulls, Warriors interested in amnestied Roy

Crazy for the Wolves and Warriers to be after this guy. His knees will never let him be that go to guy you can count on. He would although be a great pickup at 6 million for a solid team looking to get deeper and expecting Roy to give them 15-20 minutes per night and take some pressure off their stars.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:39 pm

Bulls, Warriors interested in amnestied Roy

drose would make roy very usefull with his penetration and dish ability.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:39 pm

Bulls, Warriors interested in amnestied Roy

If I were the Timberwolves and the Bulls i wouldnt want B Roy on my team. He cant play effectively off the ball. That would really hurt the Timberwolves because Rubio virtually would have no value when he doesnt have the ball in his hands. Also I wouldnt want B Roy trying to create off the dribble if his knees are healthy because he would have no explosion.

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