Bulls Rumors: Brandon Roy Would Fill Major Need in Chicago's Backcourt
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Bulls are one of Roy's top suitors for his comeback campaign:
As ex-Portland Trail Blazer Brandon Roy plans his comeback to the NBA, the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves have emerged as serious suitors to sign the former All-Star guard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Chicago bolted to the East's best record minus their point guard this year. With Rose's return ahead of schedule, this is the right time to add a veteran player to pair with him.
Roy's knees are worrisome. Investing long-term money in him isn't a good idea right now, but Chicago should give him a chance to prove himself.
The Bulls have enough cap space to get Roy on the roster. Wojnarowski spoke to that as well:
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.
That at least sets a barometer for Roy's contract length. He isn't a long-term investment, and, in this situation, that's a good thing.
The Bulls can use their No. 29 selection in the 2012 NBA draft on a young shooting guard (John Jenkins or Will Barton). Roy is a perfect stop-gap player in that situation.
His dynamic scoring would be a welcome addition for two years, but he could be phased out when the new prospect is ready.
Roy averaged 19 points per game in his five years with Portland. His size (6'6'') and versatility (4.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game in his career) make him a unique asset to a contender. The Bulls need his scoring ability if they want to dethrone Miami next season.
The Bulls are an unbelievable defensive team. If they add a go-to scorer, they will be even tougher to beat.
Roy is a risk, but Chicago should take their chances.
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