Five TrueHoop Network bloggers were asked to name the top five players they would target from a list of likely Amnesty Clause candidates compiled by Marc Stein and Chad Ford of ESPN.com. Four out of the five bloggers included Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy on their list.
Ryan DeGama, CelticsHub: Brandon Roy. You gamble here on talent and pride winning out over physical degradation. It's a fool's wager over the long term, but maybe there's a short, strong stretch left in Roy's knees. Still, I'm not sure what's more depressing -- that Roy's on this list at all or that I'm stretching to put him this high up.
Graydon Gordian, 48 Minutes of Hell: Brandon Roy. Yes, his knees are steadily deteriorating. But given how high his ceiling was once considered to be, were he to sign for a more reasonable amount and show any flashes of his former brilliance, it'd be worth it. He would be an excellent sixth man.
Jared Wade, 8 Points, 9 Seconds: Brandon Roy. There are few better weapons to have in your back pocket than an All-NBA talent who may not be able to get it done every night but can occasionally show the world why he is still great. Mobility will be an issue, but Brandon is the type of leader, mentor, scorer, distributor, clutch performer and fearless teammate every coach wants.
Jovan Buha, ClipperBlog: Brandon Roy. Despite being one of the clear-cut amnesty-clause candidates, Roy still has something left in the tank at 27 years old. If his Game 4 performance against Dallas in this year's first round was any indication, he still can take over a game in spurts and serve as a viable sixth man. The question, of course, is: Will his deteriorating knees hold up?
If a multi-year amnesty clause winds up in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement it's quite possible that Roy is not an amnesty casualty this season.
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