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Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

Posted on: December 30, 2010 2:27 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 9:43 pm
The Trail Blazers are involved in ongoing discussions aimed at determining how much longer Brandon Roy will have to rest his ailing knees. Among several options under consideration is shutting Roy down for the rest of the season in hopes he can restored to his previous All-Star status, two people with knowledge of the team's thinking told 

UPDATE: The Blazers are in limbo, both with their .500 record and their posture in trade discussions, until they reach some definitive conclusions on how serious and long-term Roy's knee woes really are. Roy, who has missed the past seven games while being re-evaluated on a daily basis, was put on what the team described as "indefinite rest" Thursday. 

“Unfortunately, Brandon Roy’s condition has not significantly improved and we’ve decided to hold him out indefinitely,” GM Rich Cho said in a statement. “In the short term, we’re going to proceed with an extended period of rest. Beyond that, we’re looking at all available treatment options to help better determine a course of action.”

As for how long Roy could be out, a person with knowledge of the team's decision-making process said, "There are multiple options here. At the end of the day, it's got to be a decision the player is comfortable with." Roy said Thursday that surgery was under consideration and confirmed that sitting out the rest of the season was a possibility.

Roy, along with his agent, Bob Myers, and the Portland medical staff, had been weighing the merits of a game-to-game decision-making process on when Roy will be able to play. But there is consensus among some of Portland’s decision-makers and Roy’s camp that having him bounce in and out of the lineup indefinitely may not be in anyone’s best interests. Uncertainty surrounding his status would hinder coach Nate McMillan's ability to prepare for games and also become a distraction to teammates. 

Putting Roy on a minute-limit seems unlikely, since he tried that after missing three games in November and decided it wasn't helping. Another course of action would be extending Roy's rest indefinitely, in the hopes that his knees would respond. But also on the table is shutting him down at some point through the remainder of the season, sources said. Along with the latest season-ending injury to 2007 first-round pick Greg Oden, such a move would be another blow to a franchise that felt it was on the cusp of championship contention. 

"It would not surprise me to see him try to play again," one of the sources familiar with the team's strategy said. "It would not surprise me to see him set a date when he wants to try to play. And it would not surprise me if he doesn't play again this season. ... At this point, anything is a possibility. The doctors and Brandon are ultimately going to make that decision." 

Trading Roy, who signed a five-year, $82 million extension in August 2009, won't be an option until potential suitors gain some clarity about whether Roy will ever return to his previous form. Sources have told that Roy has a separate, outside insurance policy on his knees that could protect the Blazers -- or his new team -- depending on the timing and extent of any disability. 

After he repeatedly had his knees drained early in the season, Roy revealed in November that there is no meniscus left in either knee. The bone-on-bone condition is something Roy, 26, said he would have to "deal with for the rest of my career."

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2010 2:23 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

As a Blazer fan this is very frustrating. Two of our "building blocks" need a total of four new knees. But things aren't all doom and gloom. I think the team is playing more like a "TEAM" wih Brandon out. Wesley Mathews is a hidden gem. What a steal! If Greg Oden comes back we still would have a big three.

Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2010 12:00 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

Sorry to say Brandon Roy is funished. This is Allan Houston all over again. He's working with bone on bone with that knee and it will never be the same and will only get worse. Knicks fans can you feel me ? He might have a bounce or two left but no way will he ver be able to endure the grind of an NBA season

Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2010 6:16 am

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

My fantasy team this year was Dirk, Brandon Jennings, Brandon Roy and Gerald Wallace. All hurt. My top 4 picks. This really stinks. Roy will not play again this year. The Trail Blazers will not risk it

Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 11:43 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

Sit out Roy.. He clearly is affected by his knee and the only thing that will help is surgery. So sit out this season and come back strong next year. I dont see the Blazers making any noise in the playoffs. They play in a tough division that has Jazz, Nuggets, and Thunder. I would be very cautious with a player like Roy. He is the future for the Blazers.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2010 10:22 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

Play Roy now until he breaks down. He won't do any more damage to his knees. The team can sure get all the revenue it can from fans. but bench Roy and the fans will go away. Once roy has surgery he is expected to miss about 18 months due to recovery and rehab. Of course that's assuming that he is able to make it back at all. But hey, at least they have Greg Oden...that pillar of health and consistency. Oh wait...Greg Oden is not healthy, but at least he is consistently getting the freakiest of circumstances.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:06 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

Its a shame what about Roy and his knee problems.  If he has no meniscus left in his knee's what does it matter if he sits or plays, guy gets paid no matter what.  In reality this team doesn't really have a shot at the NBA Championship, no offense Portland fans but I couldn't see you getting past a team like the Jazz or Lakers once the playoffs start.  This is a snakebit team, stick to what you do best in Oregon, making crazy uniform combinations for the Oregon Ducks football team.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2010 5:56 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

He will never be the same player again. This is a very serious condition. Either he can man up and deal with the pain or he can't and he is done. In watching every game this season I have noticed that the Blazers play better without Roy in the line up. There is more ball movement, more movement without the ball, less standing around and watching, more up tempo and better overall defense. Even LaSoft is starting to emerge as a real power forward and soon will earn his name back in my eyes. The problem with the Blazers is their current make up and the other injuries. The Blazers have no inside presence which kills them some nights, ala Denver the other night. They also do not have a balanced roster. Some moves need to be made to give more balance. They have an inconsistant bench at best. Even if the Blazers make the playoffs this year they wont make it past the 1st round. At this point I would start clearing the bench to see what you have and begin retooling. They have 2 expiring contracts which should get something neice in return and can begin building around Larmarcus Mathews and Batum. I would have to say if LaMarcus keeps playing the way he does he would be the only untouchable piece on the roster. I could go on and on but you get the picture. Peace out and Go Blazers! Go 6-9 Seahawks too, heading up to that game this week!

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 5:22 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

Too bad. Bone on bone does not sound good. He needs to be sure he doesn't cripple himself.

Roy was so great. He looked like a future superstar. Portland can't get a break!

Since: Aug 26, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 5:13 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

I feel bad for Roy.  Nothing he can do about it.  Blazer's were stupid for offering him the contract though.  I remember back in '06 when the Wolves drafted him then traded him for Foye.  I wasn't happy about it, but Wolves had a good idea what was going on with him back then.  I don't think anyone thought it would be this bad, but in a weird, twisted way, I think it worked out for us.  Even tho we still suck and Foye is a bust.  Anyway, I think the best thing for him to do is try and play a few and see what happens.  If not, shut it down.  See what happens.  Then, figure out if you can deal with the pain and for how long.  He won't be in the league in 2 years.  It's over for him.  Sucks.....loved whatching him play.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 5:04 pm

Sources: Blazers, Roy weigh ending his season

"Hey! Well there is an outside chance the new CBA will allow teams to waive a player and not have the player's salary count against the team's salary cap. This is what the NFL has right?"

Sort does count against the cap to some degree(a % i believe), however, the NFL team doesnt have to keep paying the player.

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