Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Brandon Roy enters free agent rankings at No. 7

Portland Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy (7) dribbles past

Portland Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy (7) dribbles past Phoenix Suns' Louis Amundson, right, while driving to the basket during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game at GM Place in Vancouver. (Oct. 22, 2009) (Credit: AP)

Brandon Roy, the former Trail Blazer who retired during the 2010-11 season at the suggestion of team doctors because of chronic knee problems, plans on returning to the NBA next season. And teams are reportedly already knocking at his door.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Bulls, Mavericks, Pacers and Timberwolves are all interested in signing the three-time All-Star.

Roy averaged 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists over five NBA seasons.

According to Wojnarowski, platelet rich plasma therapy -- the same treatment used on Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant -- has helped Roy recover from his knee issues. Teams appear to be salivating over the news, and rightfully so. Roy will be 28 when the season opens, the peak of his theoretical prime. And if Roy is able to bounce back as well as Bryant and Rodriguez were able to, whichever team signs Roy could wind up with an All-Star.

Wojnarowski adds that the mid-level exception will likely be enough to land Roy; he is owed $16.4 million next season and $17.8 million during the 2013-14 season after the Blazers amnestied him. 

Due to their using the amnesty clause, the Blazers are the only team inelligible to sign Roy. Teams can't re-sign amnestied players until after their scheduled contract runs out.

Roy enters Newsday's NBA free agent rankings in the No. 7 slot, sandwiched between Kevin Garnett and former teammate Nicolas Batum. Should he return to his 2008-09 form, though, teams could be looking at a top-four free agent.

Tags: Brandon Roy , free agency , Chicago Bulls , Dallas Mavericks , Indiana Pacers , Minnesota Timberwolves

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