When Brandon Roy announced his intention to return to the NBA, the ears of several front-office execs around the League perked up.
Among those who are showing serious interest in signing Brandon Roy to a contract for next season, according to Yahoo! Sports, are the Bulls, Mavericks, Pacers and T-Wolves. The Golden State Warriors are also considered suitors for Roy’s services:
Roy’s recovery from chronic knee problems has been recently spurred by undergoing the platelet rich plasma therapy procedure that Lakers star Kobe Bryant popularized with NBA players, sources said. The blood spinning procedure gave profound relief to the knees of Bryant, Tracy McGrady and baseball star Alex Rodriguez.
After Portland doctors pushed Roy to stop playing in 2011, the Blazers used the league’s new amnesty provision to pay him the remaining $63 million on his contract and made Roy a free agent. He’s been working out for several months and planning a return. Pacers executive Kevin Pritchard made a draft day deal for Roy in 2006 as Blazers GM, and his relationship could play a pivotal part in Indiana’s recruitment of Roy, sources said. Roy trusts Pritchard, and values the fact that he brought him to Portland. Nevertheless, Roy hasn’t begun the process of narrowing his list of possibilities. After Thursday’s draft, more teams could express interest in him. [...] Several teams could be willing to use their full-mid level exception for Roy, sources said. 1500-AM Radio in Minneapolis reported that the Wolves were prepared to make Roy a two-year contract offer.
There’s obviously no telling at the moment where Brandon Roy will end up next season, but NBA fans can take pleasure in knowing that it’s likely one of the best young talents is getting a chance to resume his career.