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Brandon Roy On Road To NBA Comeback After Retiring Before Last Season

Brandon Roy retired due to health concerns last season, but the Portland Trail Blazers wing is apparently looking to get back to the NBA this summer.

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Brandon Roy's Comeback Bid Supported By Fellow Seattle-Area Players

Brandon Roy has the full support of his fellow players from Seattle's hoops scene in his attempt to return to the NBA.


Brandon Roy Comeback Could Come With A Myriad Of Teams

The Brandon Roy comeback seems to be coming on strong this week as teams decide what they're going to do heading into Thursday night's NBA Draft. There are a few good wings available in this year's class, but none project out to be able to do quite what a healthy Roy is capable of doing.

The healthy caveat remains a big one, considering Roy retired last season due to chronic knee pain at a rather young age, but there's been talk of a comeback for a couple of weeks. Now, thanks to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the public has also found out which teams might actually be interested if Roy makes his way back to the NBA.

As ex-Portland Trail Blazer Brandon Roy plans his comeback to the NBA, the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves have emerged as serious suitors to sign the former All-Star guard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Roy's recovery from chronic knee problems has been recently spurred by undergoing the platelet rich plasma therapy procedure that Lakers star Kobe Bryant popularized with NBA players, sources said. The blood spinning procedure gave profound relief to the knees of Bryant, Tracy McGrady and baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

Plenty of Seattle-area players have mentioned that Roy is back to full health -- draft prospect Tony Wroten even went a bit further -- so it'll be interesting to see how many more teams are added to this list if they're unable to get what they were looking for on Thursday night.


Brandon Roy Targeting Return To The NBA

Brandon Roy, who was amnestied by the Portland Trail Blazers and left basketball due to chronic knee injuries, is attempting a return to professional basketball.


Brandon Roy To Be Waived By Blazers Under Amnesty Clause, According To Report

Instead of seeking a medical retirement for 27-year-old two-time All-Star Brandon Roy, the Portland Trail Blazers will waive the injured wing under the amnesty clause, reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. Roy announced his retirement last week due to continued knee problems -- he's had three knee surgeries in 18 months. The Blazers had said they'd seek a medical retirement, which would remove Roy's cap hit from the books beginning in the 2012-13 season.

Instead, Wojnarowski reports, the team will waive Roy before Friday's deadline to immediately clear his large salary off of Portland's books. Roy is due $64 million over the next four years, and he'll get paid either way. The biggest wrinkle in the amnesty waiver is that another team can now claim him by bidding on a portion of his contract, as the L.A. Clippers did for Chauncey Billups. That team could then attempt to convince Roy -- who clearly still had something in the tank last April in the NBA playoffs -- to return to the court in time.

For more on Portland, visit Blazer's Edge.


Blazers' Brandon Roy Will Seek Medical Retirement, According To Reports

Brandon Roy has been diagnosed with a career-ending knee injury, reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, whose sources confirm ESPN's earlier report that Roy will announce a medical retirement.

Roy has had three knee surgeries in the last 18 months, but came back late last season to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a playoff berth and one of the toughest test of the eventual NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. Roy averaged a career-low 12.2 points on a career-low 40 percent shooting last season.

Under a medical retirement, Roy will still get paid the $64 million he's owed over the next four seasons, but the salary will come off of the Blazers' cap sheet beginning next season. That means that Portland will not have to use the amnesty clause on Roy. The Blazers have no other obvious options for amnesty, though, and using the clause on Roy would speed up his removal from the cap sheet by one year.

If Roy were to return to the court within a year of the medical retirement, his cap hit would return to the Blazers' book.

For more on Portland, visit Blazer's Edge.

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