Lakers Rumors: Why LA Should Stay Away from Brandon Roy
After two consecutive second-round exits in the Western Conference playoffs in 2011 and 2012, the Lakers have decided to make some major roster moves in order to make another title push in the Bryant era.
Recently, rumors have swirled about potential free-agent targets for the gold and purple, some more surprising than others.
Over the past year, the Lakers have been open to giving almost any current or former star a solid look, even considering former All-Stars Gilbert Arenas and Allen Iverson.
After allowing the public to ponder the possibility of Roy in gold and purple, a few days ago the Lakers put the kibosh on the rumor, indicating that they are not interested in the 27-year-old.
While fans might have romanticized the story of the injury-riddled Roy making a comeback and bolstering the Lakers and the lowest bench in the NBA, the fact is, this was a great decision by the Lakers' front office.
When healthy, Brandon Roy was one of the NBA's most entertaining acts and an electrifying scorer capable of dropping 20 points at will. The only things capable of stopping Roy are his knees—and they have, repeatedly.
Kobe Bryant is aging. Even with the post-German knee procedure success he has enjoyed, he is 33 years old. Pau Gasol is 31 years old. While Andrew Bynum is only 24 years old, he too has had to have knee procedures.
Adding a 27-year-old with severe degenerative issues in his knees to that Laker core would be practically asking for the team to break down midseason.
Beyond that, like Bryant, Roy usually plays the 2, which would make him an expensive bench player for the minutes he'd be allotted, if he's even able to play.
Last offseason, the Lakers looked like they were planning on getting younger. They clearly had that in mind last year when they attempted their NBA disallowed trade bid for Chris Paul.
Aside from trading Derek Fisher midseason, they find themselves in the same position they were in last season—only a year older.
That should be the focus this offseason. There are plenty of young, healthy free agents available that would fill holes for the Lakers, particularly PG's Aaron Brooks, Raymond Felton and Jonny Flynn.
If the Lakers were to take a chance on a riskier (read: older or more injury-prone) free agent, someone like PG Andre Miller would make more sense.
While I think everyone in the NBA wants to see Brandon Roy return to his old form, he isn't a good fit for the Lakers.
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