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Blazers to formally amnesty Brandon Roy as he leaves game

Dec 15, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

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Brandon Roy is walking away from the game… which makes us sad. But he’s doing it while he can still walk, which is understandable.

How Roy’s retirement is formally going down is that the Blazers will amnesty him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. The reason is they need to get his salary of the books for the signing of Jamal Crawford.

Because this is an amnesty process — the Blazers have to waive him by Friday — there is the chance other teams could bid to pick him up on waivers (as the Clippers did with Chauncey Billups).

But that would be a waste of effort, as Roy is not coming back, his agent told Yahoo.

Doctors have told Roy that his degenerative knees make it impossible for him to continue playing in the NBA. He has no more cartilage in his knees, and the continued grind of playing in the league could ultimately jeopardize his ability to walk.

“Brandon has no intention of returning to professional basketball,” his agent, Greg Lawrence, told Yahoo! Sports. “He has been instructed by several doctors that he has a career-ending injury and needs to stop playing immediately. He has chronic problems in both knees and his long-term health is already in jeopardy. …Playing further will unquestionably have serious consequences.

“Brandon appreciates the support of the Blazers organization and fans, and is glad they will be able to sign a player immediately who can help the team.”

This is what Roy has to do. But it still makes us sad for what might have been.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Mannn..I feel bad for this kid. Hopefully he can join a coaching staff somewhere and still wring some enjoyment out of the game of basketball, because without playing it for the first time in his life you can expect somewhat of an emptiness inside of him.

    Props to ya Roy…you have left your mark.

  2. 973yenots - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    A great talent! Very disappointing to see his career come to an end ! Hope the best for him

  3. genericcommenter - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    How does retirement in the NBA normally work? The player still gets paid for the life of contract? I know NBA contracts are guaranteed, but so are baseball contracts- And I’ve seen multiple baseball players praised for retiring in the middle of contracts and “walking away from the money.” I figured a retirement in the NBA would work the same way. Or maybe medical based retirements would be covered by an insurance policy. I guess I didn’t think a retired player would still be on the cap. I’m asking because I don’t know.

    • jvnyj - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:27 PM

      thanks for asking my question, Maybe the Blazers are amnestying him to gain good will with players which this will, but Roy was owed a lot of money. Can someone shed some light on this please. Compare Roy to a POS like Eddy Curry and you have a real man and a true professional. Enjoy your millions B-Roy.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      Very valid question. I was thinking the same thing.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:03 PM

      Why would you pay a player for quitting/retiring (same thing)? Player violates contract, contract void.
      I believe medical retirements are paid in full, as insurance covers the losses. Could be wrong.

      • genericcommenter - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:11 PM

        That’s what I was asking. According to the article, a retired player has to be waived to come off the books.

  4. turnmymicup - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Great player its really sad to see him go this early in his career. Even though he was rarely fully healthy he was still a game changer when on the court. Good luck homie.

  5. tampajoey - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    I always sucks when a guy with so much talent has to retire so young. Best of luck to him and to the Blazers as they move on.

  6. mondzy805 - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Class Act, all the way. Here’s a guy who Screams, next great coach one day. Best to you Brandon. This is from a Bulls fan.

  7. goforthanddie - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    We’ll miss you BRoy. Happy trails.

  8. glink123 - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    you’re exactly right. clubs typically have insurance that protects against medically-induced retirement when guaranteed contracts are in play.

  9. jvnyj - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    I am starting to feel like this NBA blog kinda sucks, they are not clear about valid questions, any other good ones out there?

  10. themikebowers - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    I’m guessing they’re using amnesty to keep them from getting screwed if Roy decided to attempt a comeback for some reason. Darius Miles had a career-ending knee injury, was waived, and then cost the Blazers a good amount of money when he came back for a short time. I figure it’s a better safe than sorry approach.

  11. mistercharitystripe34 - Dec 16, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    That’s too damn bad. He was such a promising young talent for the NBA, and with the rise of Aldridge, they could’ve formed a great duo for the Blazers and the League in general. I hope Roy can get healthy and he can find something great in life to do for himself.

  12. 1historian - Dec 16, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    Portland seems to have been cursed since they won their one and only title in 1977. The next year they were off to a great start and then the injuries hit that team and they fell apart.

    And then a few years ago it was Aldridge Roy & Oden and we know how that turned out. It’s sad to see something like that happen – the Portland fans deserve better.

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