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Blazers will keep Brandon Roy, no amnesty

Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:41 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 12:59 am
Posted by Ben Golliverbrandon-roy

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The league's toughest amnesty clause decision has apparently been made.

The Oregonian reports that Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller announced Monday that the team will not use the amnesty clause on guard Brandon Roy unless he suffers an injury during the preseason prior to the deadline to waive players, which is still unknown.

"Our plan right now is not to use the amnesty," Miller told the paper. "We expect Brandon to be a part of this team when the season starts. He has been there for us, and we want him to know we are supporting him. [Owner] Paul [Allen] is on board with this and feels the same way.’"

The news comes just hours after Miller, Acting GM Chad Buchanan and coach Nate McMillan held a press conference in which they stopped just short of pledging that Roy, 27, would be back on the team.

Instead, the three men told reporters that they met with Roy, who is owed more than $63 million guaranteed over the next four seasons, and his agent, Greg Lawrence, face-to-face in Portland on Monday. The Blazers trio agreed that they were impressed by Roy's attitude and said that they were planning to see Roy in camp with hopes that he would be on the opening night roster.

"Brandon is in a great spot," Buchanan said. "I think he feels good. [He's] excited about the season."

Buchanan later added that it would take a "drastic change" for the Blazers to decide to waive Roy and that the team was approaching free agency with the understanding that their flexibility would be "limited" by their position in the luxury tax, a spot they could have avoided by waiving Roy.

Miller, meanwhile, spoke glowingly of Roy's mental and physical outlook.

"One thing that Brandon said today was that he feels much better coming into this season than he does coming into last season," Miller said. "His knees feel much better."

Roy underwent arthroscopic surgeries in both knees during the 2010-2011 season and played just 47 games. Following the surgeries, Roy moved to the bench and saw his minutes fluctuate. He posted career-lows in points, rebounds and assists last season.

"I think he had enough time off resting his knees [and] he went through his normal workout routine up in Seattle with NBA players, college players," Buchanan said. "He just made the comment to us that he feels really good right now. He's tested his knee in workouts, it feels very strong, he feels a lot different this year heading into camp than he did last year and he's very encouraged how his knees feel right now."

McMillan told reporters that Roy will be operating without minutes restrictions and that he hopes Roy will move back into a starting two guard role, although he noted that Roy told the Blazers taht he would be open to a reserve role if necessary.

"One of the things that you have to look at is Brandon going back into that starting lineup," McMillan said. "That's something you didn't see last year due to medical reasons. Brandon is feeling better so Brandon back at the two position is something that I'm leaning towards and making our adjustments from that."

Reports had surfaced in recent weeks that Allen had already made the decision to waive Roy. Miller denied that during an informal press conference last Wednesday and multiple team sources disputed the report in various ways, including on Twitter.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:09 pm

Blazers will keep Brandon Roy, no amnesty

Well according to the B;azer brass they haven't made a final decision yet. Time will tell.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:40 pm

Blazers will keep Brandon Roy, no amnesty

I love watching Roy. If I was Paul Allen instead of all the money he wastes on stuff I would double the pay of the Phoenix Sun's doctors and bring them to Portland. If they could do for Roy and Greg Oden what they have done for Grant Hill through Dan Majerle over the years, they would be well worth it.

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:21 pm
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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:39 pm

Blazers will keep Brandon Roy, no amnesty

This season is basically lost. The team doesn't have a center that they know of yet, no back up PF or PG. This is the smart move and came down to economics and fan support. If amnesty is used on Roy the question is can you get something better than Roy for the 2 million you gain in the mid level exception, answer is no. By doing this they see what Roy has left and if he can't make it through the season or is a shell of himself the Blazers amnesty next season and save face for next season along with being major players in a much better free agency market, Camby's contract will be gone and if they don't extend Oden or Oden decides to leave his contract is gone, toss Roy and you have room for a max player and mid level. Really this is the smart move unless Roy becomes the whining cancer he can be. Will be fun to watch this play out.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:58 am

Blazers will keep Brandon Roy, no amnesty

What an excellent move for the blazers.

    I have to say, and yes I'm a season ticket holder, that this is wonderful news. Brandon Roy, may or may not be the player he was but, if (big if there) he is healthy as stated, and nate watches his minutes, then this could be very very good. Not to mention that Brandon Roy stands for something in portland, he is the face that we as fans have put on the change from the "Jailblazers" The NBA as a whole should pay attention to what is happening here, this is good PR, and feel good. The blazers have a chance to dump a max contract, and open up salary cap, big time (roy has a max deal) but because of what he has done in the community, and on the court, they are keeping him instead of dumping him? yup and it seems the decision did not take long, good move.
     I was at the Rose Garden last year when BRoy went crazy on the mavericks, it was magical, I could not talk for two days after that game, Brandon plain and simple, put the team on his back and ran the world champs out of his gym, I think there is a little game left in Brandon.

    Every once in a while, a proffesional sports team does the right thing, even if it might be the wrong thing business wise, this is one of thse times. For the right reasons we as fans get to have our cake and eat it to, do not get me wrong, I love our new leader (Lamarcus of course) but if Brandon is half of what he used to be, then things might become interesting in this part of the country, this city ripples with excitement when the blazers show even a little spark, just a glimmer, and I see that glimmer comming.

Right or wrong I aplaud Larry Miller and Paul Allen, you are doing the right thing, from a dedicated fan......THANK YOU!

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:15 am

Blazers will keep Brandon Roy, no amnesty

With BRoy coming back to the team, and I'll believe it when I see him on opening day, the question will be how much of the old BRoy is there left? The other question is how will he adjust to LeMarcus Aldridge and the role LMA has established with the team? There will have to be a new pecking order esatblished in how the Blazers want to score with Aldridge being the first option, which will be an adjustment for Roy.

If Roy can play significant minutes- especially in a starting role- the pace will be significantly slower than fans had anticipated. But if he can play at a high level once again, and he can drive to the hole like he used to, the Blazers will have a very deep team. I agree with the earlier post that some of the growth curve of some of the younger Blazer guards may be slowed, but the fact is that Roy's knees still aren't going to allow him to play for much longer, and the younger guys will get their opportunity eventually.

If the Blazers are smart, Roy's minutes will be at most in the 20's and he won't be playing back to backs. They have enough talent in the backcourt to avoid that. The Blazers need Roy for the playoffs- not so much the regular season- so it would be wise to keep him healthy any way they can. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:15 am

Blazers will keep Brandon Roy, no amnesty

Just shoot me now. Not only are we keeping Roy but we are putting him back in the starting lineup??

With Roy the Blazers will continue to be the slowest team in the NBA with the least amount of ball movement. And Aldridge will certainly regress. Matthews & Batum won't be allowed a chance to improve. And the young guards Elliot Williams & Nolan Smith won't be given the opportunity to show what they can do.

This just sets the Blazers back even farther in their rebuilding process.

AWFUL news.

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