NBA Rumors: Ranking Most Ideal Destinations for Brandon Roy
After retiring prior to last season due to chronic knee issues, three-time All-Star Brandon Roy is making a comeback. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the former Washington Husky is being courted by a number of teams for his scoring expertise.
Wojnarowski's report is that five teams are in on Roy, and given how he turns 28 on July 23 and has averaged 19 points per game for his career, chances are he could be a valuable contributor if healthy. Given his knee issues, he could also come pretty cheap at this point.
Yet, if his comeback is to be successful, picking the right team is key. Let's have a look at which teams would be the best fit for him.
No. 5: Golden State Warriors
The Warriors already have a talented young shooting guard in second-year player Klay Thompson, but he still has a lot to learn as he tries to do most of his damage from medium-to-long range. Now, consider how the team could use some depth off the bench.
If GM Bob Myers could bring Roy in on a one-year deal, just imagine how much of an influence he could be on both Thompson and rookie Harrison Barnes. He could teach both players to become major scoring threats from any spot on the floor, not just the perimeter or behind the arc.
Naturally, his health would be an issue, as Golden State is coming off a season when star point guard Stephen Curry missed most of the year with an ankle injury. Yet if Roy can prove he can withstand the length of a full season and still provide significant minutes, this signing could turn into the sleeper of free agency season.
No. 4: Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are about to potentially lose Leandro Barbosa to free agency, which would leave coach Frank Vogel (pictured) without a reliable bench scorer. That said, Roy should definitely entertain the idea of being Indiana's sixth man.
As good as the team was last year, they could use a consistent scorer to help take some of the load off of Danny Granger's shoulders. Roy can do just that.
More importantly, he is a more versatile scorer than Barbosa, who does most of his damage from behind the three-point line. Roy can drive hard to the basket and hit shots from pretty much anywhere, making him all the more dangerous off the bench.
No. 3: Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are in desperate need of a shooting guard, particularly because sixth man Jason Terry could very well depart via free agency. Given how much the team underachieved last year, Roy's versatility could very well add a much needed spark to the lineup.
On top of that, just imagine how good Dallas could be with a 1-2 scoring punch of Dirk Nowitzki and Roy. The two could potentially be responsible for 50 points per game or more. Whether or not Roy would start or come off the bench is unclear, but one thing is for sure. He could be a great fit in Dallas if he and Nowitzki could build a great relationship both on and off the court.
No. 2: Chicago Bulls
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau (pictured) is in a bit of a rough position. Star point guard Derrick Rose could potentially miss the season recovering from ACL surgery, and thus, 21 points per game (or more, for that matter) are lost. That being said, GM Gar Forman should make a concerted effort to sign Roy.
Yes, Chicago already has a shooting guard in Rip Hamilton, but we all know that he's a major injury waiting to happen. Plus, he lacks the intensity and versatile game of Roy.
Put Roy in Chicago as a sixth man or occasional starter, and he could keep the Bulls among the top contenders if his knees hold up.
No. 1: Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota is a team whose potential could skyrocket in the next couple of years, but it won't be able to get over the hump without a reliable shooting guard. As of now, its starter there is draft bust Martell Webster, who is an inconsistent three-point shooter and basically dead weight.
Head coach Rick Adelman's system doesn't necessarily call for a high-octane shooting guard, but Roy is good enough that he could be convinced to depart from that system. If Roy's knees hold up, just imagine the kinds of numbers he could put up playing with both Kevin Love (pictured) and Ricky Rubio.
Though a young team, the 'Wolves could immediately become a force to be reckoned with.