Pritch's future is unclear. But Roy's injury could further muddy the waters.
Reportedly, one of the issues ownership had with Pritchard was the cave in to Roy for a max contract and the addition of another guaranteed year. Now, ownership may be wondering what they may have gotten themselves into with Roy and his shaky knees.
Right or wrong, Pritch may suffer the most.
No time is a good time to get an injury. But the timing on Roy's injury couldn't have been worse. Roy's is not to blame. He should have tried to get every guaranteed dollar he could from Allen. And injuries are the breaks of a sometimes cruel game.
So this brings us back to Pritch. Owners expect their GM's to be all seeing and all knowing. Pritch has almost fit the bill in that department. But in hindsight, giving Roy everything he wanted could turnout to be a costly decision.
A general manager should loathe to give tens of million of dollars of his bosses guaranteed money to ANYBODY, and particularly to someone who has questionable, multi-operated on knees, especially when the the duties required to earn that money include subjecting those knees to constant stresses.
Allen ultimately had the final say on what to pay Roy, so it might seem a bit unfair to point the finger at Pritch. But Allen isn't going to fire himself. This goes back to a GM needing to be all knowing and all seeing. Allen could be thinking to himself, I'm paying you to see the down the road basketball wise. If you had advised me to stand up to Roy, I might not be sitting here right now wondering what the next several years hold with Roy and his questionable knees.
Hopefully this is the last knee operation Roy will need for the rest of his life. But going by his history and the nature of the game he plays, one can only wonder what the future holds for Roy -- and Pritchard.