The Warriors met with free agent guard Brandon Roy on Sunday, according to league sources. Golden State is hoping to set up another meeting with the former Portland Trail Blazers’ all-star, possibly later this week.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers, who represented Roy during his days as a sports agent, said he wants to add a couple veteran players to his young roster. Roy would fit the bill. The only question is if he’s healthy enough.
Roy, 27, was amnestied last offseason after a persistent knee issues prompted him to retire. But Roy announced his desire to return to the NBA recently, an his comeback is drawing the interest of some five or six teams. Chicago and Cleveland are among teams reportedly interested.
Golden State, which needs backcourt depth, would love to add Roy. But they don’t know how his knees are holding up or if they can afford him. One of the sources said Roy did not workout for the Warriors, who want another meeting.
The Warriors only have about $4 million to spend currently without getting into luxury tax territory. One source said it’s doubtful the veteran’s minimum — which for a sixth-year player is about $1 million — would be enough to sign Roy. The Warriors can’t afford to spend too much money on a player if they believe he might be injured most of the season.
If Roy can still play, and pass a physical, Golden State — despite also needing frontline help and a backup point guard — is definitely interested.