Pacers Among Teams Pursuing Brandon Roy
Brandon Roy has already made it official: he is making his comeback to the NBA after retiring before the 2011-12 season started due to chronic knee injuries. Roy has already drawn interest for GMs across the league, with teams like Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves as the top suitors, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Woj has also stated the Indiana Pacers are also looking to pursue the 27-year-old shooting guard. While Roy’s knees will never be fixed entirely, his health reportedly has been improving. Wojnarowski notes that the therapy he’s been receiving may help expand his NBA career like other star athletes.
Roy’s recovery from chronic knee problems has been recently spurred by undergoing the platelet rich plasma therapy procedure that Lakers star Kobe Bryant popularized with NBA players, sources said. The blood spinning procedure gave profound relief to the knees of Bryant, Tracy McGrady and baseball star Alex Rodriguez.
Roy would definitely fit well with the Pacers. He almost certainly wouldn’t start over Paul George or Danny Granger, but he would be a solid fit off the bench who could add scoring, play-making and veteran leadership. While Brandon likely has his choice of destinations, Indiana may have one advantage: Kevin Pritchard, who served as the GM of the Portland Trail Blazers when Roy used to play there.
Woj thinks this could increase Indiana’s chances.
Pacers executive Kevin Pritchard made a draft day deal for Roy in 2006 as Blazers GM, and his relationship could play a pivotal part in Indiana’s recruitment of Roy, sources said. Roy trusts Pritchard, and values the fact that he brought him to Portland. Nevertheless, Roy hasn’t begun the process of narrowing his list of possibilities. After Thursday’s draft, more teams could express interest in him.
The Pacers will need to make a quick offer to entice Roy. Reports say that the Timberwolves are already prepared to offer him a two-year deal once free agency begins. (Teams cannot officially sign anyone until July 11, but players, agents and teams will begin negotiating on July 1.)