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Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

Posted on: December 30, 2010 2:27 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 9:43 pm
The Trail Blazers are involved in ongoing discussions aimed at determining how much longer Brandon Roy will have to rest his ailing knees. Among several options under consideration is shutting Roy down for the rest of the season in hopes he can restored to his previous All-Star status, two people with knowledge of the team's thinking told 

UPDATE: The Blazers are in limbo, both with their .500 record and their posture in trade discussions, until they reach some definitive conclusions on how serious and long-term Roy's knee woes really are. Roy, who has missed the past seven games while being re-evaluated on a daily basis, was put on what the team described as "indefinite rest" Thursday. 

“Unfortunately, Brandon Roy’s condition has not significantly improved and we’ve decided to hold him out indefinitely,” GM Rich Cho said in a statement. “In the short term, we’re going to proceed with an extended period of rest. Beyond that, we’re looking at all available treatment options to help better determine a course of action.”

As for how long Roy could be out, a person with knowledge of the team's decision-making process said, "There are multiple options here. At the end of the day, it's got to be a decision the player is comfortable with." Roy said Thursday that surgery was under consideration and confirmed that sitting out the rest of the season was a possibility.

Roy, along with his agent, Bob Myers, and the Portland medical staff, had been weighing the merits of a game-to-game decision-making process on when Roy will be able to play. But there is consensus among some of Portland’s decision-makers and Roy’s camp that having him bounce in and out of the lineup indefinitely may not be in anyone’s best interests. Uncertainty surrounding his status would hinder coach Nate McMillan's ability to prepare for games and also become a distraction to teammates. 

Putting Roy on a minute-limit seems unlikely, since he tried that after missing three games in November and decided it wasn't helping. Another course of action would be extending Roy's rest indefinitely, in the hopes that his knees would respond. But also on the table is shutting him down at some point through the remainder of the season, sources said. Along with the latest season-ending injury to 2007 first-round pick Greg Oden, such a move would be another blow to a franchise that felt it was on the cusp of championship contention. 

"It would not surprise me to see him try to play again," one of the sources familiar with the team's strategy said. "It would not surprise me to see him set a date when he wants to try to play. And it would not surprise me if he doesn't play again this season. ... At this point, anything is a possibility. The doctors and Brandon are ultimately going to make that decision." 

Trading Roy, who signed a five-year, $82 million extension in August 2009, won't be an option until potential suitors gain some clarity about whether Roy will ever return to his previous form. Sources have told that Roy has a separate, outside insurance policy on his knees that could protect the Blazers -- or his new team -- depending on the timing and extent of any disability. 

After he repeatedly had his knees drained early in the season, Roy revealed in November that there is no meniscus left in either knee. The bone-on-bone condition is something Roy, 26, said he would have to "deal with for the rest of my career."

Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:58 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

Hey! Well there is an outside chance the new CBA will allow teams to waive a player and not have the player's salary count against the team's salary cap. This is what the NFL has right?

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:33 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

It's been a sad few year in Blazer land with the new's of Oden and now Roy.  The only good news is the insurance policy, if it really does exist, on Roy's knee's.

The problem with Roy is there is nothing that can be done to fix this problem, except a knee replacement which will end his career.  His only option left on playing ball is live with the pain and change his game to a jump shooter that can't move very well.

It's really sad to think that the Blazers invested in Roy with the bad knees and messed up our salary cap space.  It hard to say this, but it's time to move on without Roy and see if we can get that large contract off the books.

It's looking more and more like the Blazers will feel these effects for 5 years and have to wait a long time to become competitive in signing top talent.

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:26 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

Typical Portland screw up. Blazers do not do there homework!! They had to know in summer 2009 when he had a minor surgery on his knee that they looked like an 70yr olds! Now theyre stuck with his HUGE contract and Portlands other HUGE BUST Greg Oden!!! Makes me laugh why local fans got pissed when P. Allen shit canned K. Pritchard. YOU GUYS STILL WONDERING???? Didnt think so

Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:25 pm
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Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 3:48 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

He's done, get rid of him, oh wait signed to a huge contract. And signed knowing he has shitty knees. Preseason "I want the ball more" Two games into the season "I can't play this much, too many mins"  84mil in his pocket, why play?????  Screw Roy!

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 3:35 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

What the fuck dude? The 2nd best shooting guard in the league who's done a lot for the franchise and your talking him about him like a piece of shit. Disgraceful.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2010 3:02 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

time to shut him down toward getting him off their roster...

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 2:53 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

If there is some kind of insurance that could protect a new team that is the best news I've heard all year because maybe it would be possible to trade Roy afterall.

It was be in the best interest of the Blazers to move on from Brandon. He has zero value, other than negative value, due to his huge contract and the fact that when he plays he just hurts the team.

Since he has negative trade value the best thing the Blazer can do it trade him, even if it is for junk. If the junk will come off the books sooner that Roy it's a positive as far as I'm concerned. Maybe there is a team out there that would take a chance on Roy if there is insurance.

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