The Oregonian broke the news that former Portland All-Star Brandon Roy, who the Warriors had been courting, agreed to a two-year deal with Minnesota reportedly worth just over $10 million.
You read that right. A two-year contract. Ten million dollars.
That only means the Warriors never really had a chance. Not only were the Warriors not able to pay anything near $5 million per year. Nor, according to one source, were the Warriors prepared to guarantee a second year for Roy.
A two-year deal in the ballpark of $5 or $6 million — with a team option for the second year — might have been in the Warriors wheelhouse. But Golden State couldn’t spring for more than about $4 million in the first year (not without some restructuring) because of their desire to avoid luxury tax penalties. And the Warriors weren’t willing to guarantee a second year.
Roy, a 27-year-old three-time All-Star, retired prior to the 2011-12 season due to chronic knee problems. He was amnestied by Portland before deciding he wanted to make a comeback.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers, who during his days as a sports agent represented Roy, was interested in signing Roy provided he can plan. In many ways, Roy would’ve been a good fit. Because of his knees, he wouldn’t be a high-minute guy, instead a back-up. He would give the Warriors some veteran experience off the bench. And despite his physical limitations, Roy’s skill set suggested he could give the Warriors some much-needed depth in the backcourt.
Plus, Roy is only 27. So there is a chance — with the right management of his minutes, consistent treatment and a defined role — he could still be really good for several years.
But if that’s the price he was commanding on the market, Golden State never really stood a chance.