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Old 05-27-2011, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Blazers May Ask Brandon Roy To Retire

"The Portland Trail Blazers may ask Brandon Roy, a well-paid All-Star guard who has suffered multiple serious knee injuries in the past year, to retire, according to a column by John Canzano of The Oregonian. Canzano reports that Blazers management, led by owner Paul Allen, want to find a way to cut bait with Roy, feared to become an anchor...

Roy had double knee surgery at midseason, and struggled upon his return late in the regular season. He did have a magnificent playoff performance in Game 4 against the Dallas Mavericks, scoring 18 points and leading the Blazers to a boisterous, shocking comeback win. But overall, he struggled in the series. Before that breakout, he'd fallen behind Rudy Fernandez and Patty Mills in the guard rotation.

Roy's due another $68.7 million over four years, a hefty pricetag if the guard can't get back to an All-Star level. Canzano suggests the Blazers could push Roy to retire, giving up all of that money and sitting out for a year, then returning to the NBA. As Canzano notes, that is a completely bonkers idea. There's almost no conceivable way that would happen. The other option is a medical retirement, in which a league-appointed doctor would have to determine Roy was no longer fit to play. Roy would still get paid every dime, but his salary would come off the Blazers' books, allowing them to make moves and avoid luxury tax."
Blazers May Ask Brandon Roy To Retire, According To Report - SBNation.com

Sad situation. The amnesty clause may become real with the potential lockout. Roy's knees are done and it's only a matter of trying to prolong his health with the detriment of longevity (beyond basketball).
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