PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 23: Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers runs down court after making a shot to overcome a 23 point deficit to defeat the the Dallas Mavericks 84-82 in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2011 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
According to a report from the Associated Press, the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking into signing Brandon Roy. Before Roy got injured, he was one of the best shooting guards in the NBA. After undergoing several knee surgeries, he retired last year and is now attempting to make a comeback.
The Cavs have not yet set up a visit with Roy, said the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sides are only in preliminary discussions. Roy, a three-time All-Star, announced his retirement last season after five seasons with Portland because of chronic knee problems.
There is no indication that the Cavaliers will actually be able to get this deal done, or if Roy is even interested. All we know is that the Cavs have made it known that they are looking for a veteran guard. They have brought in a ton of young talent, but want there to be some veteran leadership in the locker room. With the departures of Anthony Parker and Antawn Jamison, a guy like Roy could be a nice fit. There is obviously a slim chance that Roy is able to bounce back from his previous injuries and be an effective NBA player again. If he's anything more than a nice spark off the bench, that's gravy.
Personally, I don't think the Cavs end up signing Roy. I think he'll get more money from the other teams that are courting him and end up choosing one of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, etc. I've been saying it for a while, but if they are looking for veteran leadership, the Cavaliers are probably better off going for Michael Redd. He'll be considerably cheaper and may even draw a few extra fans thanks to his ties with Ohio State.