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Pick: Former Blazers G Brandon Roy Considers NBA Comeback

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David Pick of USBasket.com reports that former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is considering an NBA comeback. Audio of Pick's interview with Roy is posted on CSNNW.com. Here's a transcript of Roy's comments. --------------------------- "I've been doing things like treatment. I'm trying to leave it open to the fact that I can be able to come back to basketball. I'm not saying it's something I will do but there's some treatment options out there that I've been looking really far into. If those things can work, don't be surprised if you see me playing basketball again." "It's hard being away from the game. I watch Jamal [Crawford], I follow all his games... It's just something, that drive to want to get out there is pushing me to want to do it. Don't be surprised if you see Brandon Roy make his way back to the court." --------------------------- Blazers guard Jamal Crawford, who is close friends with Roy, offered these thoughts on Twitter. --------------------------- Let me put out a P.S.A. about Brandon so I can answer it just once..it's something he's talked about (playing again) but he hasn't told me that for sure at all.. I read it like everyone else..when we talk it's about life not just ball so I wasn't doing an interview when I last saw him lol..he misses hoop that's for sure. --------------------------- The Blazers waived Roy, 27, using the Amnesty Clause on December 15, 2011. At the time I wrote that I would not be surprised if he attempted a comeback, despite knees that have been described as "bone-on-bone." On December 17, 2011, Roy cleared the NBA's 48-hour Amnesty Clause blind bidding waiver process, becoming an unrestricted free agent. A spokesman from the NBA league office confirmed on Tuesday that the Blazers are not able to re-sign Roy until after the 2014-2015 season, as teams cannot re-sign players that were released via Amnesty Clause until after the full duration of the contract that was waived. "Can't pick him up again until after the contract expires," the spokesman wrote in an email. A Blazers executive further confirmed those details on Tuesday afternoon, saying that the earliest Portland could re-acquire Roy is following the 2014-2015 contract cycle. In other words, Roy could not come back to Portland via trade or sign-and-trade until July 2015. Update: Roy's contract has already been removed from Portland's books and luxury tax calculation because of the Amnesty Clause process. Because Roy cleared the Amnesty Clause bidding process, he is free to "double dip" on a new contract: He would still receive payment for his previous deal from the Blazers and could sign a second contract with any NBA team other than the Blazers. If that happened, the Blazers would receive a set-off amount that would reduce their financial obligation to Roy, according to StoryTeller. The set-off amount -- money that Portland would no longer owe Roy -- would equal 1/2 of the difference between his new deal and a minimum contract for a player with one year of service. For example, if a team offered Roy a deal for $2 million, Portland would be able to set off $619,000 ($2 million minus the minimum salary of $762,000, divided by two). If Roy were to sign a minimum deal based on his years of service, the set-off amount would be less than $100,000. Had Roy been claimed during the Amnesty bidding process, Portland would have no longer been responsible for paying the bid portion of his previous contract. For example, if a team had bid for 25 percent of Roy's salary, Portland would have paid 75 percent and the other 25 percent would have been paid by the claiming team. The total amount Roy would have made in that scenario would have been the amount of his original contract in Portland. Update: Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports from Blazers practice in Denver that coach Nate McMillan was caught off guard by the news. ---------------------------- He flashed a stunned look. "I haven't seen that, I haven’t heard that," McMillan said of Roy's comeback thoughts. "But that would be surprising." ---------------------------- text updated, bumped to front page -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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