NBA Rumors: Brandon Roy to Los Angeles Lakers Makes Sense for Both Parties

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJune 19, 2012

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 25:  (L-R) Brandon Roy #7 and Rudy Fernandez #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Even though the NBA Finals are heating up, it's never too soon to look forward to the offseason and in particular, a three-time All-Star's potential return to the league.

If healthy, Brandon Roy could be a difference maker for numerous contenders. He could become the missing piece for the Los Angeles Lakers, as Roy and the Lakers are a perfect match.

HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy reported Roy is serious about making a return to the NBA and while teams like the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers could possibly have interest, the New York Post's Peter Vescey reported via Twitter that Roy is considering the Lakers.

Brandon Roy is considering Lakers should he come back. I say he's coming back 4 sure...but to Warriors, where ex-agent Bob Myers is GM

— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) June 1, 2012

If that happens, it would also please Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, as ESPN's Chris Palmer reported via Twitter that Bryant has a lot of respect for Roy.

Kobe's respect for Roy is huge. Saw them getting along great at All-Star 2010.

— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) May 31, 2012

There will definitely be other teams in the mix, but Roy to the Lakers makes sense.

The only drawback is that the Lakers want to get younger and bringing on a 27-year-old injury-prone player with bad knees doesn't make sense, but the production Roy would give fills a need.

At 6'6", Roy is big enough to play the three in small lineups, but his value to the Lakers would be coming off the bench where Los Angeles had no production in 2012. He could become the Lakers version of James Harden, which would be huge in L.A.

Coming off injuries, Roy wouldn't command a big salary, but the versatility he would give Mike Brown's Lakers would be invaluable.

He could be the primary bench scorer in Lakerland, after averaging 19.0 points per game throughout his five-year NBA career, which would take some scoring pressure off Bryant. In addition, Roy could be the primary ball handler at times and play both the 2 or the 3, giving Brown plenty of flexibility with his rotations.

Sure his health is always a concern, but his talent and professionalism have never been questioned. Adding another leader to the locker room would also be huge, especially considering all of the drama that took place last season.

As far as his health, all reports have been good, even one coming from guard Tony Wroten, who's hoping to be a first-round pick in this year's draft. Wroten told's Scott Howard-Cooper, "I'm a good defender, I feel like, but, man, it's a little hard to stop him. He just gets to his spots. We're going to see. His knee looks great, though."

It's a perfect fit all around.

The Lakers give Roy an opportunity at playing a key role on a winner.

When it all comes down to it, the Lakers have holes to fill in order to compete for a championship and it's hard to imagine them filling those holes with a better option than Roy.