Was It A Mistake For The Wolves To Sign Roy?

Brandon Roy's comeback attempt is off to an inauspicious start. He's out for a month after undergoing right-knee surgery today, having already missed the last four games for the Wolves. In the five contests in which he has appeared, he didn't look like his old self, averaging just 5.8 points on 31.4% shooting in 24.4 minutes per game. 

He signed a two-year, $10.43MM contract this summer, but only the first year is guaranteed. The second year can become guaranteed if Roy hits at least one of two benchmarks this season: playing 1,400 or more minutes or appearing on the active list for 65 or more games this season. Both will be tall orders for him now. Roy could also have triggered a guarantee for 2013/14 if he were sidelined for any ailment other than his knees, but alas, that's already by the boards.

So, in light of Roy's latest surgery, what do you think of the decision of GM David Kahn and Wolves management to take a flier on Roy this season? Vote below, and if you have other ideas about Roy's deal, let us know in the comments.

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Alexis Duenow
2 years 9 months ago

I really didn’t mind signing Roy & rolling the dice to see if he could come back & be productive. The out on the 2nd year was a smart move since it isn’t looking good for Roy’s comeback & he probably won’t get the 2nd year. The problem I have with the Wolves is they gave him 5.4M much more than any player who has been amnestied has received. That is the most money per year given to a player who has been amnestied.

Here is a list of the players amnestied over the last two years:

Charlie Bell – Hasn’t played in NBA since.
Brandon Roy – 5.4M or 2 years 10.43M
Travis Outlaw – 3M per year or 4 years 12M
Baron Davis – 1 year $1,352,181, not play this year due to ACL injury
James Posey – Hasn’t played in NBA since.
Chauncey Billups – 1 year $2,000,032 in 2011 & 1 year 3M in 2012
Gilbert Arenas – 1 year league minimum deal in 2011.
Brendan Haywood – 2M per year or 3 years 6M.
Chris Anderson – Hasn’t played in NBA since.
Luis Scola – 4.5M per year or 3 years 13.5M
Ryan Gomes – Hasn’t played in NBA since.
Darko Milicic – 1 year $1,229,255
Josh Childress – 1 year $1,069,509
Elton Brand – 1 year 2.1M
Andre Blatche – 1 year $854,389

Most of the amnestied players are making 2M or less after they get amnestied. Only Brandon Roy 5.4M, Luis Scola 4.5M & Travis Outlaw 3M made more. So why did Minnesota feel they needed to give him a guaranteed 5.4M & a 2 year 10.433M contract? He’s still getting paid $14,940,153 in 2011, $16,359,805 in 2012, $17,779,458 in 2013 & $14,399,332 in 2014.from Portland. The Timberwolves overpaid for his services. It would have been a bargain if he could be what he use to be or even if he was producing Shved type numbers which was a more realistic goal but his knees have failed him once again. So far he is being paid 1M per game, Hopefully he can return & lower that # but his production in his 5 games was grossly lacking so between his knees & his production so far it wasn’t what the Wolves expected out of him.

 

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