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Brandon Roy down to five teams in comeback

Jul 2, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

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Brandon Roy is going to be making a comeback next season. Wise or not. It’s happening.

The only question is where? We’re down to five finalists, according to Adrian Wojnarowski on Yahoo.

The Timberwolves are one of five finalists for Roy, including the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors.

Meetings with the teams started over the weekend. Minnesota is reportedly offering two years.

It makes sense that teams are willing to role the dice on him and in each case above there is some real logic to the gamble — the Bulls need scoring while Derrick Rose is out injured, Dallas needs back court help (even if they get Deron Williams or Steve Nash), the Warriors need to shake things up. The Timberwolves could use more talent on the roster.

I think the Pacers may be the best fit. They are a deep team on the edge of being very good that just needs a two guard and more offensive weapons. Roy can bring that and take them to the next level.

Well, he can if he’s healthy. The gamble with Roy is simply that he left the league with a chronic knee injury and a year off and treatment may have him feeling good now but what about the All-Star Game? What about the start of the playoffs?

And what kind of contract do you give him with that concern out there?

  1. ccshocktalk - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    All of the remaining five teams could use him, and should take the gamble. At least give him a contract that is incentive based, maybe a few million in base salary, and the rest is incentive based. What’s the worst that can happen you pay him 1-2 million per year and another million in incentives…so if he is healthy and contributes to your team you pay him a whole lot less than what he is worth. If he doesn’t stay healthy then you’re out 1-2 million per year and that’s a drop in the bucket for the NBA owners.

    someone should sign this guy, limit his minutes to keep him healthy. Do not make him your main offensive threat but let him be a solid contributor and a threat.

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      As a Mavs fan I’d love to have him. If he can play anything like he did in that last playoff series against the Mavs I’d be ecstatic.

  2. turnmymicup - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Nothing wrong with signing him and giving him a decent contract. If his conditioning looks good and that jumper is falling why not. The main thing is the team can’t over use him during the regular season. Roy can be an effective tool for a team in the playoffs. He just needs to stay healthy for a change. Come to Miami Roy!!

  3. 06mustang - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Gee Brandon, you ever consider Portland? You know, that team that is still paying you 8 million a year bankrolling your lifestyle? Got any ethics there Brandon?

    • miamatt - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      The Trailblazers used the amnesty clause on Roy last year. One of the provisions of the amnesty clause is that the team that amnesties a player cannot resign that same player.

  4. southpaw77 - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    He can’t go back to Portland due to amnesty rules.

    Anyways, whoever Roy suckers into giving him millions will regret this. He’s gotta be laughing his a$$ off if he swindles some team. I’ve never seen someone regrow cartilage and become what they once were. These teams think logicly and will they give him a MRI on his knees first?

  5. thisisether - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Even if he could go back to Portland, why would he go back to the team that AMNESTIED him? Amnesty is the key word. He owes them nothing, in fact, they owe him. Literally.

  6. oregon59 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    I posted once before, Brandon, doesn’t need to make squat. He is owed his contract money from the Blazers. Any team paying him just releives the Blazers of that portion of his due 8+ mil. So unless a team wants to pay him over that (insane). Brandon won’t see any additional $$ from any contract. So he will probably be in the drivers seat and select the team he feels best for him.

  7. southpaw77 - Nov 19, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    July 2nd that Southpaw77 was right, as usual.
    Roy is done, enjoy life after basketball bro, no sense of being crippled for life with no knees.

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