NBA Free Agency Rumors: Power Ranking Top Destinations for Brandon Roy
Brandon Roy has realized his retirement came too soon and is looking to sign on with a team.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Roy's potential suitors include the Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors.
Roy would certainly be a welcome addition to any of those five teams, but he's definitely worth more to some than others.
Here we'll power rank the top destinations for Roy.
5. Indiana Pacers
Roy is the type of guy who needs to take a lot of shots to have a big impact on the game. The Pacers already have their scorers relatively set up in Danny Granger, Paul George and David West.
Seeing as the Portland Trail Blazers offered Roy Hibbert a max contract that the Pacers haven't said they will match, the organization needs to worry about signing a big man because Louis Amundson (who is a free agent) isn't going to get the job done.
Indiana also just signed George Hill to a new deal (h/t Yahoo! Sports). Hill, Roy and George all play the same position, so it would be hard to get them all enough playing time.
4. Golden State Warriors
The last thing the Warriors need is another shooter in their lineup because they would need a second ball on the court to accommodate them all.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes aren't going to give you much unless they get to jack up some shots. Of course, Curry is a quality point guard, but he's going to get his shots too.
Thompson is an exciting young player but gives you more scoring than he does anything else. The most concerning is Barnes, because if he doesn't get the ball in his hands, he's going to have a problem contributing in many other ways.
Also, Warriors management would get absolutely crucified if they brought in another bad contract.
3. Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks lost Jason Terry to the Boston Celtics, Jason Kidd is a free agent and so is Delonte West.
Terry's departure means that the Mavericks are going to lose 15 points per game from the shooting guard spot. They have Vince Carter, but it's probably not a good idea to rely on Carter as a primary source of scoring.
Roy could fill that hole in the lineup, as well as take some attention off of Dirk Nowitzki. Mark Cuban certainly has the money to put into Roy, and the funds to pay the luxury tax if they wind up going over the cap.
However, there's a changing of the guard going on in the Western Conference, and the Mavericks might be on the outs.
2. Chicago Bulls
The Bulls lost their main source of scoring in Derrick Rose and now need a player to help Luol Deng carry the load until Rose returns.
Odds are the Bulls aren't going to fare well in Rose's absence, but bringing Roy in could at least keep them competitive until Rose's knee heals.
They are a great rebounding team as a whole, with Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson playing meaningful minutes, and they play great defense.
If Roy can come in and play 30 minutes a game, he could provide the Bulls with the spark they need to tread water for the first half of the year.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves were a borderline playoff team before Ricky Rubio went down a torn ACL. Make no mistake about it, the Timberwolves are going to be a contender in the Western Conference next season.
Which of these five teams would Brandon Roy help most?
One of their only glaring need is the shooting guard position. Martell Webster is much better suited to coming off the bench on that team than he is playing starter's minutes.
Enter Brandon Roy. A starting five of Rubio, Roy, Wesley Johnson, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic is going to beat a lot of teams. The only question mark is Johnson, who has yet to prove that he was worth a No. 4 overall pick.
Acquiring Roy would turn the T'Wolves into a No. 6 seed in the West at the very least.
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