Ever since rumors of an amnesty clause emerged weeks ago, Brandon Roy has been a top candidate to be waived by the Portland Trail Blazers. Now that the lockout has ended, and there will in fact be an amnesty clause, it appears to be a more realistic fate for the three time All-Star.
With nearly $50 million guaranteed to him over the next three seasons, it would be a smart financial move for Portland to shed the majority of his contract off of their salary cap.
Roy's game has taken a serious hit over the last 19 months, as the physical condition of his knees—as well as his overall production—has decreased. The lack of cartilage in his knees has caused him to miss 52 games over the last two seasons.
If Roy was waved, it would be an unfortunate ending to his time as a Trail Blazer. He has meant so much to the franchise throughout his five seasons. He's done things such as lead the once troubled franchise back to relevancy, inspire playoff wins, score 52 in a game, win Rookie of the Year and earn All-NBA second- and third-team honors.
He doesn't deserve this, but perhaps a fresh start may be good for him.
With his high basketball IQ I have no doubt that he can retool his game and become a highly effective player, even if his knees never return to 100 percent.
With that said, here are five destinations that would be good fits for the once elite and promising shooting guard.