The most intriguing free agent this summer has to be ex-Portland Trail Blazer Brandon Roy.
Forced to retire before the start of last season due to degenerative knees and the urging of Blazers team doctors, Roy has been working out for months in preparation for his NBA comeback and more recently underwent the same platelet rich plasma therapy that Kobe Bryant received before the start of last season.
The five-year guard has drawn interest from several teams around the league despite the uncertainty with his knees and has reportedly limited his narrowed his free-agent destinations to five teams.
According to Y! Sports, the 27 year-old will meet with the Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors.
Roy and his agent, Greg Lawrence of Wasserman Media Group, are likely to host officials from most, if not all, of the teams in Roy’s hometown of Seattle, sources said. Each of the finalists have connections that intrigue Roy, sources said.
The report also says that many teams are prepared to extend a contract to Roy longer than just one year despite his well-documented knee issues.
The Bulls could offer the chance to play alongside Derrick Rose when he returns from a torn left ACL and with the lack of true contenders in the Eastern Conference, if healthy, Roy could offer the Bulls a guard capable of playing both positions that could ease the offensive burden off the All-Star point guard.
The Bulls will only be able to offer Roy a minimum deal with the team expected to match any offer restricted free agent center Omer Asik receives – which would put them in luxury tax land – and will officially end the Bulls tenure of a trio of their “Bench Mob” in restricted free agents C.J. Watson, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer and possibly John Lucas III.
The core of Rose, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah will make a combined $55.1 million next season and the Bulls will be looking for ways to avoid the luxury tax penalty as well as free up cap space to be able to offer an extension to Taj Gibson next summer.