Portland Trailblazers: Brandon Roy's Knees Betrayed Him, so Are the Blazers
The Portland Trailblazers aren't talking about trading Brandon Roy. Instead, they may have the audacity to ask him to retire
Just over a year ago, Brandon Roy was an annual All-Star and one of the top five guards in the NBA. He'd missed a little bit of time last season to deal with a knee of injury.
This year, Roy entered the season ostensibly healthy and ready to lead his Blazers deep into the playoffs. Very early on, Roy ominously started taking less and less minutes, then sitting out a few games at a time to rest his knees. The media lamented that his knees were faulty, plain and simple, and that his career would have to overcome long odds to persist.
By mid-December, Roy was shut down for two months. He came back for the last six weeks, but it was almost as if he was never there; in his absence, the team didn't anticipate his return because his teammates knew that he would never be the same B-Roy. They had moved on, with Wes Matthews filling in at shooting guard capably.
Now, Portland has a mess of a situation on its hands. Roy is owed $68 million over four years with an option for each of the last two. They don't want to disrespect him, but he will cripple the franchise if the front office keeps giving him chances to resurrect his career. They could trade one of the best players in the league, but who would take the risk of acquiring him?
I don't pretend to know how this will play out, but the latest development, according to John Canzano of The Oregonian, is that the Blazers are contemplating asking him to retire.
I don't envy the Portland decision makers one bit with the situation they have on their hands.
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