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.