With news coming out recently that Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers will undergo arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees, the question is being raised about what the Blazers should do.
Should they try to trade him or keep him and hope for the best?
If they did decide to move him, could they even get anything for a player whose future is in doubt?
It seems Portland's only choice is to let Roy have the surgery and hope that he can one day regain his form.
Roy is under contract through the 2012-13 season, after which he has a player option for 2013-14, then a team option for 2014-15. The guard is just 26, so he does have a good chance at recovering, as younger bodies heal better and faster than old ones.
There is, however, no guarantee that Roy will ever be able to get back to his 2008-09 self that averaged 21.9 PPG, 5.0 APG and 4.6 RPG. Roy was shooting 48 percent from the field that year, which remains his career high.
Portland general manager Richard Cho knows this, and he's already come out and said that the fix is temporary. Meaning that, even if Roy does play again next year, the Blazers could wind up in the same boat they're in now.
Cho has also said that he has hopes of Roy playing again this season—saying that this type of procedure usually has a three-to-six week recovery period.
If that's the case, it would be a terrible idea to allow Roy to play at any point for the remainder of the basketball calendar.
Portland clearly made a mistake in having Roy give it a go in last year's playoffs, when he played the opening round just eight days after surgery on his right knee.
Both parties are now paying dearly for that error in judgment.
It's unfortunate for the Blazers that the once promising core of Roy and Greg Oden now appears to be injury riddled. You can't build around players who aren't there.
They have no choice, though. Roy needs the work done on his knees and the team needs to forbid him from playing or practicing until doctors give him clearance.
With the way the standings are shaking out, Portland won't even be in playoff contention in two months, so there's no reason to rush him back.
Mistakes are fine as long as you learn from them. Hopefully the Blazers and Roy absorbed this lesson last spring.