Brandon Roy: Why the Warriors Should Take a Chance on the Free Agent Guard

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst IJuly 1, 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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The Golden State Warriors have just come off one of their more successful drafts in recent history, bringing in three potential rotation players in Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green.

With a starting five of Curry-Thompson-Barnes-Lee-Bogut, the Warriors will definitely be in the playoff hunt.

However, this team lacks bench depth, with Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush coming off the bench first.

In truth, the Warriors lack a scorer off the bench who can take advantage of worse players and put points on the board when the starting five is struggling.

While players like Jamal Crawford and OJ Mayo are on the market, both are likely going to be overpaid and will not be worthwhile options for Golden State.

Instead, Warriors management should try to bring Brandon Roy to the Bay Area, giving the former superstar a two-year deal.

Once upon a time, Roy was a flourishing icon for the young Portland Trail Blazers, a team which looked prime for multiple finals appearances and continued dominance.

However, both Greg Oden and Roy struggled with injuries and the Blazers were forced to rebuild a little earlier than expected.

Don't get me wrong, I do not expect Roy to play like the former All-Star he once was, because of the multiple health concerns he's had.

However, if he can play 20 to 25 minutes a game and put up 10 to 12 points, he will be fulfilling his role on the roster.

This signing is definitely a high-risk, high-reward one, just because Roy's knees might not be able to withstand an entire NBA season.

However, if he is able to remain relatively healthy, the Warriors are getting a big-time scorer who is also an above-average defender.

Hopefully GM Bob Myers, Roy's former agent, can persuade his former client to join the Warriors.

If he does sign and can stay healthy for the majority of the season, the Warriors might find themselves back in the playoffs.