Whenever the NBA lockout comes to an end there is expected to be an amnesty clause in the new collective bargaining agreement. What that means is teams will be able to release a player in order to get some cap relief. The player will still get his full contract, but most, if not all, of his contract will no longer count towards the cap and he will become a free agent.
This will allow teams to release huge contracts like Gilbert Arenas (Magic), Rashard Lewis (Wizards) or Baron Davis (Cavs) and allow them to be players in the free-agent market instead of sitting in cap hell. Another possible player who could be getting the axe might be the answer to all the Chicago Bulls' prayers.
Brandon Roy, 27, is owed over $50 million over the next four years, but with injuries affecting his production the Blazers could consider cutting ties.
In 2006 I wanted nothing more then the Bulls to draft Roy. I thought he would be the perfect fit with either Kirk Hinrich or Ben Gordon. He was a big guard (6'6") who could handle the ball and seemed like a perfect fit.
Instead, John Paxson decided to go with Tyrus Thomas, who ended up being a bust, while the Trailblazers ended up with both Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. I think we all know how that turned out.
Roy has been pretty impressive in his first five seasons, enough so that many people may think it's crazy for Portland to release him. He won the Rookie of the Year award, is a three-time All-Star and was named to the All-NBA second team (2010) and All-NBA third team (2009). He has averaged 19 points per game to go along with 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 46 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point land.
However, with all that good there must come some bad; otherwise, why would Portland cut him?
Over his first five seasons he has missed 88 games, including 35 last season. He has undergone several operations on his knees and most recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees in January.
But can you imagine a backcourt of Derrick Rose and Roy?
If Roy is healthy, that could be amazing and the best combo in the league.
For those saying Roy isn't worth the risk and that he is done, I disagree. I will admit that last season was awful for the former All-Star, but look at what he did against Dallas during Game 3 and 4 of the playoffs.
He showed flashes of what made him the player who signed that huge contract.
In Game 3 he scored 18 points and in Game 4 he totaled 24 points—and he only saw 24 minutes of action coming off the bench in both games. Wouldn't you be happy with production like that coming off the bench?
Roy could be the ultimate low-risk, high-reward for the Bulls. If he is just a shadow of his former self, no big loss. However, what if all he needed was some time to heal and be on a team where he doesn't have to carry the load? What if he returns to his All-Star form?
Until this lockout ends, all we can do is dream, but what a sweet dream it could be if Brandon Roy hits the market and lands in Chicago.