DALLAS, TX - APRIL 25: Guard Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers takes a shot against Tyson Chandler #6 of the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is preparing to return the the NBA this season after a knee injury shut down his career last year. Roy can't return to the Blazers this year so he is free to sign with any team willing to take a chance that the knee will hold up for a year or two.
According to reports, Roy has looked great on the court and today Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Indiana Pacers are among a handful of teams with a serious shot at signing the 6'6" shooting guard. Roy's previous relationship with current Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, not to mention a need for a wing who can take and make big shots, puts the Pacers in play for Roy.
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.
As always, this is a no-brainer depending on the type of money the Pacers would have to commit. B-Roy averaged 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds in five seasons with Portland, shooting 46% from the field and 80% from the foul line.
Admittedly, I'm completely biased in my hopes that the Pacers can work something out to bring in Brandon Roy since I've seen him take and make several HUGE shots in college at UW and then with the Blazers. It remains to be seen if he can remain healthy to continue making those types of shots, but if he can I'd sure love to see him do it in the blue and gold. What do you think?