From the very first second that Brandon Roy announced he would un-retire and return to the NBA next year, the team that he was most closely linked to was the Los Angeles Lakers.
Between L.A.’s desire to improve on the cheap, Kobe Bryant’s apparent respect for Roy’s game and the fact that a hobbled former star wouldn’t theoretically command much attention on the open market, the rumors made sense.
As it turns out, though, the rumors were just that – rumors.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the top suitors for Roy’s services are the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors. The Lakers are apparently not in the running.
Beyond Woj’s report, there are some other indications that at least one of the teams on that list is looking to bring Roy in. Per Darren Wolfson from ESPN Radio:
According to two league sources, the Wolves plan on making the three-time All-Star a two-year contract offer. The money is unknown.
Roy, of course, retired a year ago due to chronic knee problems – ultimately getting amnestied in a cost-cutting maneuver by the Portland Trail Blazers.
After undergoing the same sort of medical therapy procedure that Kobe underwent last year, Roy appears to be ready to return to a game he left behind way too early.
Per Woj, there are multiple teams in The Association who would be willing to use their full mid-level exceptions on Roy.
The Lakers, for what it’s worth, don’t even have a full mid-level to spend.