Blazers May Ask Brandon Roy To Retire
Old 05-27-2011, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"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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I would be surprised if the Blazers tried to force Roy to retire. I could see them trading him, however. A logical landing spot would be Chicago, who could really use a player like Roy, even if Roy isn't 100% healthy.
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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No team is taking that contract for a player that is a shell of his former self. Blazers should hope for medical retirement because not a lot of people would turn down that amount of money.
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that's why you don't sign guys with knee problems and then sign them to max deals.
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it's bonkers. it'd take two years before the medical before the contract would be off the books and roy wouldn't be able to play until that two year mark for the contract to be void.
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Yea he has $68,000,000 left on his contract. No one will trade for him
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Blazers deserve to pay this in full. They knew he had no cartilage in his knees and they signed him to a massive deal anyway.
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You folks have to understand, that this Portland sports writer named John Canzano, may be a very talented sports writer, but he also is hired to write for the Oregon Ducks football program. And since that University will not allow him to write about all the Oregon football players going to jail for robbery and beating girls up, he must focus his negativity finding missions on the Blazers organization, in order to realign himself in the universe. That's my guess anyway.

As far as Brandon goes, I'm pretty sure we're gonna give him another crack at it before throwing in the towel.
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BUT...

if Brandon Roy does indeed retire, which I would not disagree with at all, after watching him limp and struggle through games the last 2 seasons, Roy's magnificent game positively impacted this organization more then any other player in Trailblazer history.
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Roy's magnificent game positively impacted this organization more then any other player in Trailblazer history.


Clyde Drexler did more for the Blazers and had more positive impact than Roy.
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The whole situation must suck for Brandon Roy. From All-NBA second team to being on the verge to retirement.

Would he get his $68M if he retires?
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no way he juts gonna straight up retire. that's whack
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The whole situation must suck for Brandon Roy. From All-NBA second team to being on the verge to retirement.

Would he get his $68M if he retires?
No he wouldn't. That's why they want him to retire for 1 year than come back to the NBA.
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Clyde Drexler did more for the Blazers and had more positive impact than Roy.
Clyde was our finest player, no doubt there, dude went to the Finals twice. But Roy literally saved the Blazers organization. We were totally on the ropes, and dang near became the OKC Thunder/Blazers. Being serious, Paul Allen had had enough, and I heard rumors about a team hock and possible move, before Seattle shipped out of course.

Roy started punishing fools, we started winnin', we started selling tickets, and the rest is history.

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