Report: Brandon Roy considers playing for Lakers
Brandon Roy, the All-Star point guard who played five seasons with the Portland Trailblazers before retiring due to chronic knee injuries, is considering the Los Angeles Lakers should he return to the NBA next season, according to a tweet from the New York Post's Peter Vescey.
ESPN's Chris Palmer also tweeted yesterday that he was told Brandon Roy, who turns 28-years-old in July, could be back next year.
Roy played in only 47 games during the 2010-11 regular season. He reported to the Blazers following the lockout last season but team doctors warned him of the chronic, degenerative nature of his knees and he subsequently announced his retirement before training camp. The Blazers officially used the team amnesty clause on him before the season began.
In May, Roy told KGW Portland that playing in the NBA is "something I may do again."
"In the back of my mind, maybe this is something I may do again. But who knows? It's something right now where I'm enjoying playing and not playing with the pain I had last year after going through two knee surgeries. I was never the fastest or the highest leaper but being smart -- those are all little things I have up my sleeve if I do decide to play, those are all positives I do have going for me."
According to HoopsWorld.com, Jamal Crawford, Roy's teammate in Portland and long-time friend, said he wouldn't be surprised if Roy returns despite the knee problems:
“I know that he still loves the game,” Crawford said. “I know that he’s still working out and playing. I would never say never. Brandon is still a young guy. He’s only 27 years old. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him come back. You never know.”