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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  47 responses

Brandon Roy Drawing Interest from Timberwolves, Bulls, Mavs and Pacers


by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

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.

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  • floe

    someone needs to tell brandon about minimalist shoes.

  • Bravo

    Bobcats lol

  • RunNGun

    To the Knicks… make it happen, DOLAN!

  • Ball.A.BabY

    B-Roy finally resuming his so far amazing career…. not only a true student to the game, but also in the classroom as he stayed with the huskies until his senior year…. big fan, love his spin at the free throw line, then silky know it’s going in jump shot… Portland was my team on 2k for years coz of this wicked go to guy…
    just hope he stays injury free and hopefully becomes a rich man’s Grant Hill….

  • 2Quick

    Bulls should get him especially with Rose out

  • Heals

    @2Q, yeah Chi-town sounds like a good match. No real SG, no Rose (although seems like he’ll be back sooner than expected); I just wonder how the 2 would co-exist if all went well health wise…

  • kobesbiggestfan

    Good news!

  • http://www.slaminline.com spit hot fiyah

    minnesota interested? shouldn’t have traded him for randy foye on draft day

  • dsleepy

    roy was a great facilitator as much as he was a scoring threat. i think he and rose would get along very well after a little time to adjust to each other

  • Emmanuel

    To the knicks… Tht will be great

  • Mas

    Good luck Mr. Roy. I think he will be back, nice and strong. Whatever team he lands on will have a good player and a great guy.

  • timbo slice

    gotta be happy for the guy, after all that he can play again

  • R32

    Brandon Roy is one of the smoothest players in the game, hopefully he can make some noise in Chicago! He doesn’t have to be the main guy anymore so it’s less pressure on him (physically and mentally). Being the 2nd/3rd option behind Rose and Deng would be a good fit.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    cosign spit.

  • greg

    i really feel like this whole thing was a set up by portland’s front office to get broy off the salary cap because they didnt think hed be good in the back end of his contract.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Roy & Rose together..wow.

  • Fresh Boirdee

    As much as the bulls need another solid scoring option, I would much more prefer someone a bit more healthier. Over the last two seasons the bulls have been injury plagued; Rose, Rip, Boozer, Noah, Deng, have all missed substantial time. Just want someone who can potentially make it through a whole season. But much success to BRoy.

  • monster_nw8

    Make a move Chicago! WE NEED B-ROY!!!!

  • sid

    if roy returns I dont see him playing over 50 games on a 30 min per game pace. I dont understand going after a player who thinks rest is the cure for degenerate knees. it`s only a matter of time before his instability rears its ugly head but its their money to throw away.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    He got the Kobe procedure!

  • anonymous

    first of all roy`s knees condition is far too severe to have a quick fix of this anonymous German knee procedure that has shown some success with p=other players. second of all roy didnt have any procedure done. that`s wishful thinking at this point.

  • anonymous

    “other”

  • startown

    spit: Yep, why we traded him for Foye I’ll never understand. I was so excited when we drafted him, then we trade him.

    Honestly, I know that my sixth grader was the GM of the Wolves we would have better players, simply pick the best player available in the draft and keep him

    Wolves draft and trade players: Brandon Roy, Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Ty Lawson

  • LP

    Brandon Roye is definitely OFFENSIVELY better (with one knee and one foot) than any player on the BULLS not named Derrick Rose. Go Bulls!

  • LA Huey

    Looks like Minnesota has need for a proven SG and lots of cap space…

  • Ldub

    Glad to see he has a chance to resume his career. Would hate for it to end due to an injury at such a young age. Really dont care where he goes…just wanna see him hoop again.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Chitown sounds realistic to me. With Rose out he can be a primary ball handler and when Rose comes back that gives you to options who can create their own shot. Even if he gives you only 20-25 minutes that’s much better than what they got from Bogans and what they’re getting from Rip.

  • Heals

    Curious, if this doesn’t work out for Roy, what you guys think of that Foye-Roy trade? Roy’s peak/height of his game for a few seasons or Foye’s longevity (ya’ll know what I mean) of a lesser ceiling…

  • don the GSW fan

    anywhere but the blazers, portland has built their building on a hallowed ground or something. their injury lists just grows longer every year! that or they have just a sub-par training staff. just want to see this guy healthy and a productive 20-25mins per game. hopefully his ego doesn’t get the better of him, he should know by now to take it easy and pace himself. no matter how good that German knee therapy is, he’s never going to be the same physically. (go to the suns just so for their excellent training staff)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMo_HcRBnUY LakeShow

    Roy did more in those couple of good seasons than Foye has in his life.
    I like Foye too… lol.

  • Heals

    Not sure if it was mutual benefit for Por and Roy, he’s off their cap, but can make comeback with any other team in a year and still got his $$$. Or if it was a bit shiesty like with DMiles where they didn’t want him on their cap period…

  • Waggle

    Minimalist shoes? Like vibrams?

  • Kilo

    He needs to go to the Suns.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Mavericks seem like the likely and logical destination to me. Cuban takes risks, employees a great medical staff, and awards Roy the minimal amount of pressure to succeed. In Minnesota he will atleast have people expecting him to produce. He would not be able to get on the court in Chicago because he can’t defend with bad knees. And the Pacers have to many guards and a trade chip in Granger who will net them a much better player at this point.

  • Heals

    Also, not positive, but nearly sure that this procedure (isn’t it a form of blood spinning?) isn’t a solution/end all for those operated on. There is a shelf life to the positive effect(s) it has…

  • NajeetheRipper

    i hope he ends up on the timberwolves who i really want to make the playoffs or the nets where he would be a nice compliment to D-Will.

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    blessing. Thank God for science.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Of the 5 teams mentioned above, would Golden State be most suitable? Sure Dallas looks goods too as mentioned above (nbk). With Klay in his 2nd season at Golden State I would expect that GSW would benefit by adding some ‘old legs’ (Roy) to go with some ‘old elbows’ (Bogut).

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @ Mars.. I see what you did there..

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine VanCityBBall

    i dont care where he plays ill just be happy to see him play again

  • davidR

    dacre, gstate would have the most fragile team in the league if they sign broy.
    curry, biedrins, broy, and bogut? shoot, might as well sign greg oden too

  • deadbored

    yeah broy is ill! good kind and unfortunately bad kind. grant hill had career ending type injuries and he went for ages past his due date. i think it is based on basketball i.q and luck also, which broy has the former and not the latter. knowing what youre capable of doing is really important with managing injuries i think. good luck to him then!!

  • alex80

    Good News
    god bless

  • Dale

    Isn’t Chicago in tank mode for next season so they can Duncan their way to two superstars via the draft?

  • Greg

    An off the bench bomber for the bulls?

  • http://Slamonline nbk

    I (the real nbk haven’t posted here once. This troll has no life. Aren’t you on summer vacation kid?

  • WELCOMEBACK

    Go for Miami Heat! Go for a ring!

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