Much more likely than Jeremy Lin returning to the Warriors, former Portland Trail Blazer Brandon Roy could be coming to the Bay Area.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Warriors general manager Bob Myers met with Roy Sunday in the Bay Area and has another meeting set up later this week, according to CSN NBA Insider Matt Steinmetz.
Roy, a three-time NBA All-Star and the 2007 NBA Rookie of the Year, has been hampered by chronic knee injuries for all of his career, and after the 2010-2011 season, was forced to retire.
Now, however, Roy is attempting a comeback. Reports, so far, indicate that the free agent has garnered interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, and Golden State Warriors.
Although teams never know exactly what will happen after they sign a free agent, Roy is even more of a wild card. He could turn out to be the same player he was before his knees failed him (21.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.7 APG in 2009-2010), or he could be on the injured reserve list all season long.
The mere fact that he is attempting a comeback bodes well for his health, but teams are still not going to take a huge chance on him because there are too many variables. That’s why the Warriors can afford him.
Though Myers has said that he does not plan to be noisy in free agency, the team does have some room with their mid-level exception (about $5 million) to make a move. That the team is up against the luxury tax makes any such move unlikely. Due to large interest in the former All-Star, the market for his services could soar. But the Warriors have an ace in the hole.
Myers, a long-time agent before joining the Golden State front office, represented Roy when he played for the Blazers and continued to until joining the front office of the Warriors in 2011.
Signing Roy would not fill a real need for the Warriors. Still, no one will object to adding a three-time All-Star.
That being said, Roy is 6-6 and played mostly shooting guard while with the Blazers. He’s not a point guard, but did play there a little bit while in Portland. His presence would add to the already large conundrum of getting small forwards and shooting guards minutes. Klay Thompson, Richard Jefferson and Dorell Wright are already on the roster, and new draftees Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green will be in the mix, not to mention restricted free agent Brandon Rush is likely to return.
Even if Wright is shipped out (like most people are thinking) and Jefferson is miraculously traded, head coach Mark Jackson would still be faced with getting Thompson, Roy, Barnes, Rush, Green and Stephen Curry minutes in the backcourt. There may not be enough minutes to go around for that many scorers.
The biggest questions for this team are if they can stay healthy and if they can play defense. Roy doesn’t help answer either. In fact, he even makes the durability of the Warriors a bigger concern. But if the Warriors can add a three-time All-Star (something they have not since Latrell Sprewell in 1997) at a bargain deal, it wouldn’t hurt to take a chance on a guy who was a franchise player not too long ago.