Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times' Lakers Blog has a unique perspective: Signing Brandon Roy after the Portland Trail Blazers use the Amnesty Clause on him -- even for the minimum salary -- would be a "risky" move for the Los Angeles Lakers.
In normal circumstances, it'd be a no-brainer for the Lakers to acquire Brandon Roy. But these are different circumstances...
The market value will obviously drive Roy down, so there shouldn't be any fretting about the Lakers overspending. With a $91-million payroll full of long-term contracts and likely increased luxury taxes, the Lakers can't overspend anyway. Even if the Lakers secure Roy to a minimum deal, however, they'd need to temper their expectations on what value Roy would actually serve.
An offseason full of rest could restore Roy to performances such as his Game 3 comeback game against the Dallas Mavericks. But more likely, the 12.2 points he averaged last season likely signifies a turning point toward the worst in his career. He'd still carry the right attitude and could provide some scoring punch as a backup shooting guard behind Bryant. But the Lakers shouldn't expect Roy to suddenly duplicate the numbers that drew many comparisons in seasons past to Dwyane Wade and Bryant.
-- Ben Golliver | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter