Over the past couple of weeks brewing rumors of a Brandon Roy return to basketball have popped up. Several of those rumors included the Chicago Bulls as
a suitor of his.According to Pass the Pill and Yahoo! Sport's Adrian Wojnarowski Brandon Roy has set his eyes on five franchises and will choose one to join this free agency period
. Obviosuly, the Chicago Bulls are one of the five teams. The other squads in contention are the Minnesota Timberwolves (his original team that traded his draft rights to Portland), Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors in no particular order.
Roy would be a great addition to any team this offseason. With his knee issues -- the reason he had to retire last fall -- he'll probably not be able to log serious minutes. A solid in five minutes out seven minutes rotation sounds about right for he'll probably be able to handle. Roy will most likely be a starter so he can stay warm after warm-ups. However, a case could be made that he fits a sixth-man role better due to the limited time he'll have, but, I'm just not buying that. Roy is a starter, not to mention an All-Star caliber player when healthy.
Unfortunately because the Portland Trailblazers had to rid of his contract once he retired, Roy cannot rejoin the squad until a certian amount of time has surpassed.
Alongside Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah I can start to smell a chamionship. With Rose coming off ACL surgery on his left knee, Roy's ball-handling and play making ability will help Derrick ease back. Brandon is also as good as it gets for second or third option (only behind Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook).
The guy at one time was the centerpiece for a rebuilding Portland Trailblazers team and the face of the franchise that evolved into a playoff regular in his time there.
At this point, it's tough to really say what kind of contract he could net from anyone, really. He may be able to get the MLE (mid-level exception that's roughly around $5.5 million per year). At one point for his beloved Blazers, Roy made eight figures a season.
We'll keep you updated on the Brandon Roy story as it continues to develop.