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Report: Blazers may push Brandon Roy to retire

May 27, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

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Brandon Roy should have sat out all of this season to rest his tired knees. Just like he should not have pushed himself so hard the previous season to come back from surgery for the playoffs.

But that is not how Roy is wired, he is as fierce a competitor as the NBA has right now. Witness Game 4 against Dallas as evidence. The man does not quit.

But the Portland Trail Blazers may want him to, according to a new report. And if true, that organization has more disconnect with reality at the top than I had realized — and after firing two top GMs inside 10 months, we knew things were pretty screwed up.

Here are the money graphs from John Canzano of the Oregonian.

A source familiar with the situation said Thursday that Portland figures it must deal with Roy’s future if it’s truly going to rejoin the league’s contenders. Retirement for Roy is among the options they’re considering….

Roy told me on the day of his season exit interview that he’d spend the summer healing, getting stronger and resting his knees. He wondered what coming back healthier would mean. Also, he planned to do platelet-rich plasma therapy again this summer, hoping it would help his knees.

Doesn’t sound like a guy wanting to retire.

Roy has four years, $68.7 million left on his new deal, the one he got coming off an injury just before last season. It is possible that if the new Collective Bargaining Agreement will have an “amnesty clause” where a team can jettison one player and not have him count against their salary cap (that player would still get paid the remainder of his contract, he just would not play for the team and his salary would not count against the team’s cap).

But if they are seriously thinking Roy would retire they are more disconnected from reality than those actually disappointed the rapture didn’t happen last weekend.

  1. sknut - May 27, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    I hope Roy doesn’t have to retire and the Blazers have only themselves to blame for this mess. Maybe a summer off and these treatments will be able to help Roy here’s hoping. He is fun to watch.

  2. bigdickjimmy - May 27, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Thumbs up if you think that the Blazers are treating Brandon Roy poorly 😦

    • goforthanddie - May 27, 2011 at 1:18 PM

      Not at all. Dude has NO KNEES. BONE ON BONE is bad for a basketball player. He whines to the press, even after being told to shut it. He puts himself above the team.
      Pay him and wave bye-bye.

      • sic62 - May 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

        That’s the teams fault they gave him a contract that big. Everyone knew he’d have knee issues before the draft.

    • slopmcflop - May 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

      There is a difference between being “tough” and playing through pain, and just being plain stupid. No I don’t think Portland is treating Roy poorly. What would you do in their position? You have a guy that was one of the best in the league at creating offense, but unfortunately his body is failing him.

      Repeatedly he has been told to shut it down, but continues to play. If you watch him play, he is a shell of his former self, especially this season. Yes, he had an AMAZING quarter against Dallas. But the thing is, that is the exception, not the rule. The rest of his minutes involve him stiff legging around the court, getting the ball, realizing he can’t drive to the basket like he used to, and settling for a jumper or passing off.

      I like Roy, he was an immense talent, but his body has failed him. The only one that hasn’t realized this is Roy. If you are Portland, you have to do what is best for the team, and that involves sitting Roy. It sucks, but that junk happens in professional sports.

  3. pukpokito - May 27, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Paging GM Danny Ainge.Be on it when this happens please.

  4. teke184 - May 27, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    This is not going to end well. Roy’s got a drive that won’t let him sit at home when he could be out there playing, which is the opposite of many players with bad contracts like Eddy Curry.

    Portland’s best hope, IMHO, is that the league brings back the “Allan Houston Rule” for amnesty as part of the new CBA. That would let the Blazers get what they want in cutting Roy to get out of cap and luxury tax problems while freeing Roy up to be a major contributor with another team.

  5. goforthanddie - May 27, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Here’s hoping for an amnesty clause. Portland plays a better team game w/o him, and he doesn’t seem much interested in the “team” concept.

  6. baboushka - May 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Brandon Roy would be a great player opposite Derrick Rose in Chicago. Put him in the Bulls Lineup and they beat Miami this year IMO. And he wouldn’t have to log too many minutes in Chi-Town. Thus saving those knees. Make it happen Paxson! He is the missing piece you need.

    • henryd3rd - May 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM

      Dude are you listening? Roy has bad knees and 67 million dollars left on that contract. Plus Paxson’s not that big a fool to trade for damaged goods plus he’s responsible for Boozer’s ugly deal that’s far from cap friendly.

  7. hardscramble - May 27, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    The first thing Portland needs to do is get a new knee surgeon. That guy isn’t the official orthopedic specialist of the Portland Trailblazers because he is the best surgeon. It’s because he pays the team for the endorsement. I wouldn’t let him touch my knees. Nor would my physical therapist who knows the local orthopedic speicialists well.

    So yeah, there does seem to be a disconnection somewhere within the Blazers upper management. Whoever decided that some more advertising dollars were more important than the teams joint health has got his head where the sun don’t shine. And not because it rains a lot in Portland.

  8. randysavage4ever - May 27, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Even after the ridiculous show he put on in game 4 against Dallas?

    A team that might win the ring this year?

    Give him time to recover…

    Roy was king of portland, now they want him to retire… loyalty does not exist in society period

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