July is here and that means free agency is finally upon us. While teams are looking towards the fall season to showcase their off-season development, coaching staffs and GM’s are looking into how they can sign prominent players to improve their teams for next season and the seasons to come. While the Bulls drafted Marquis Teague in this year’s NBA draft, their next target is reported to be former Trailblazer Brandon Roy.
While Roy was in the NBA, he was definitely a great player while active as he averaged 19 PPG, 5 assists, shot 36% from the 3-point range behind the arch in his 5 years active. Unfortunately as we know, he suffered from chronicle knee injuries and as forced into retirement.
Now with news that Roy is preparing a comeback and enters free agency as an unrestricted free agent, the question comes down to, should the Bulls take their chances, gamble and offer Roy a contract for next season when they meet with him this week?
The Bulls (along with the Pacers, Timberwolves and Mavericks) seem to be really interested in him, but Roy has a long history of injury after injury. This is especially daunting considering the fact that the Bulls (although had the best record in the league) had an injury-plagued season.
This season showed that injuries can be costly, but despite the fact that the Bulls made a significant run in the playoffs with a lot of players out, (which deserves a lot of recognition for their hard work and achievement), they still went into the playoffs as one of the favorites throughout.
Other than the fact that Roy’s injuries are worrisome, he’s a great player on the backcourt. Roy also has much better ball handing skills than that of Richard Hamilton, the Bulls current starting SG.
There are so many questions to ponder, such as what if we get a repetition of last season? While Hamilton only played for 28 games this season, the Bulls don’t know if he’ll be a reliable player next season.
So what will happen if Hamilton goes down with injuries along with Roy? Who will be called upon to play the shooting guard position for the Bulls?
It’s clear the Bulls are going to need a lot of help behind the perimeter, but as K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports, “[Roy] likely will command a higher salary” which is something to really consider, especially with the fact that the Bulls don’t have a lot of cap space to sign a player at a high price.
However, it seems the Bulls are trying to free up some cap space as their planning to free up a few players (Brewer & Watson) and may be planning to drop Kyle Korver and his $5 million dollar contract, but Noah, Rose and Boozer’s contracts still heavily weigh down.
So now when John Paxson, Gar Forman, Tom Thibodeau and the rest of the crew meet with Roy this upcoming week, it’s going to come down to two key things: his salary and the likelihood of him suffering a devastating injury again.
Roy is set to meet with the Bulls but as at this juncture it’s not yet been determined if the Bulls will medically work him out or just talk numbers.