Brandon Roy is considering Lakers should he come back. I say he's coming back 4 sure...but to Warriors, where ex-agent Bob Myers is GM
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) May 31, 2012
While a return to the NBA ranks would be a heroic story for the once-spectacular 27-year-old, he should keep his options open.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors only make sense for Roy on a superficial level, at best. Los Angeles is a perennial contender—for now—and the Warriors are certainly headed in the right direction.
Upon deeper reflection, though, these particular situations wouldn't be ideal fits.
The Lakers could use help on the bench, but Roy would have trouble spending most of his minutes at the point or small forward, which would be crucial with Kobe Bryant getting the vast majority of minutes at shooting guard. Roy isn't big enough to guard forwards, and he's not quick enough at this stage to keep up with opposing point guards.
It doesn't help that Los Angeles is on the downside of its dynastic trajectory. Unless general manager Mitch Kupchak can turn Pau Gasol into a younger star, the Lakers' best days will go as Kobe goes—which is to say, not for much longer.
Meanwhile, Golden State is still in the midst of building a playoff team out of one that epitomizes mediocrity. The Warriors are young and probably on the right track, but they wouldn't offer the kind of experience and environment Roy deserves.
He'd have to share minutes with Klay Thompson, whom the Warriors believed in so much that they were willing to part with Monta Ellis in a trade for Andrew Bogut.
While Roy would be an outstanding mentor for Thompson, he'd find himself spending more time teaching than winning.
Even if Roy would accept less, he deserves more.
In his first four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, the 2-guard quickly became one of the most well-rounded scorers in the game. The No. 6 overall pick in the '06 draft, if Roy returns in good form, he could potentially resurrect his career in much the same way Grant Hill has with the Phoenix Suns.
Ideally, that would be with a club on the way up, with genuine championship aspirations on the horizon.
The other LA team would seem to be a much better fit. The Clippers need a shooting guard, and Chris Paul was built to extend teammates' careers. The franchise would certainly fit the profile of an up-and-coming contender, one Roy's veteran leadership might put over the top.
Unless the right opportunity presents itself, Roy is better off staying put. Forcing a comeback prematurely might derail an otherwise promising encore performance from a player we'd all like to see in action again.