League sources tell Yahoo! Sports that teams in “serious” pursuit of Brandon Roy, who was bought out by the Portland Trailblazers after playing his last game in the 2011 playoffs, include the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, and Minnesota Timberwolves. Degenerating knees forced the 27 year old shooting guard to step away from basketball indefinitely and he missed the 2011-2012 campaign. However, the three time All-Star announced via Twitter his plans for a comeback this upcoming season. ”Yes, I’m preparing for a comeback. I’m training daily. I’m preparing for a return next year,” Roy wrote in a Tweet earlier this month. According to Yahoo! Sports, Roy underwent the same “blood spinning” procedure as Kobe Bryant which he credits for his recovery.
If healthy, the Bulls could benefit from a player like Roy who puts up 19 a game and can create his own shot. Being very thin at the shooting guard slot to begin with, the Bulls are looking at a low risk and potentially high reward with Roy in an already thin and expensive free agent market – however, the question will remain of how much can he contribute and what level he can play at. According to ESPN Radio 1500, the Timberwolves are set to offer Roy a 2-year contract at an undisclosed cost. Free agency begins Sunday, July 1.