Brandon Roy Gets Two Years, $10 Million From Timberwolves, Which Means the Warriors Never Had a Chance

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 ┬ádeal 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.


Marcus Thompson

  • J-Ridah

    He really would not have been a fit for the team or the clubbin scene. He was never really a clubber and that is what this team needs. The best Clubbin pros!

  • Niners in 2012

    No Amnesty on Biedrins hurt us big time. With him off the books, we’d be players in free agency right now. Warriors are starting to make the right moves, but that move was just terrible last year.

  • Young

    Agreed about Beans. Funny how much money Lacob has spent buying 2nd round picks and taking on extra contracts for a 1st rounder, but he did ax Beans. I think he was fooled into believing the guy could would play…

  • Gummy

    The west is looking ridiculously loaded right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if GS don’t make the playoffs

  • calvin

    Now we know that Lacob never have wanted to go over luxury tax, not even a penny. With so many big time players signing by other teams, GSW is still getting nowhere. Playoff promise is a joke.

    Now I really hope Ellison was the owner.

  • Mike

    Dallas is hurting and Phoenix is rebuilding. If Bogut and Curry are healthy, the Warriors make the playoffs. 2 years and 10 mil for a guy with worn out knees? No thanks.

  • Ken

    Clubbing and Fitz. Clubbing and Fitz. Clubbing and Fitz.

    Why do the blog comments always involve things that have NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING ??

  • Fire Bob Fitzgerald

    You mean like yours Ken?

    Roy would have been an interesting addition to the roster but the Timberwolves contract seems very high so they made it easy on the Warriors.

    Wasting the amnesty on the drunk last year continues to haunt the Warriors.

  • c.tobar

    If the raptors amnesty Calderon now that they have Lowery. warriors should make a bid for him. Could prob pick him up for 2 mil.

  • Grey Warden

    Who was the dummy/dummies in the Warriors organization that said they were fine with not having any cap space left?

  • deano

    We are saved from temptation. Thank you Minnie.

  • PhilB

    …and expect Andris to opt-in for the final year of his contract. If the Warriors knew that they were getting Kwame Brown would have amnestied Beans instead of Bell. Andris should be ashamed to be stealing money like this but he’s not.
    In other news the Warriors should be trying to offer Dorell Wright for Ray Felton. Both players have damaged reputations; Portland will be needing a replacement at small forward soon and the Warriors need a backup PG now. Will the numbers work?
    Maybe they’ll wait until the big free agent names go off on their big market/championship team quests, then pick the excess scraps off the table.

  • PhilB

    …one more thing. Nic Batum apparently hates Portland so much that even a place like Minnesota looks good. And when BRoy can spurn the Bay Area for the Twin Cities then you know that it’s all about the money.

  • moreaufan2

    Felton will not come here to come off the bench, plus he is honestly a better overall pG than Curry, he can break donw a defense. Man when he was with the Knicks, they were looking nice before Carmelo got there and messed the team up.

  • moreaufan2

    We nedd someone to take Beidrins contract off our hands. Dang who was the GM who paid him all the money???? Larry Riley of Course!

  • PhilB

    …one more thing. Nic Batum hates Portland so much that even a place like Minnesota is looking good to him. And if BRoy can spurn the Bay Area for the Twin Cities then you know that it’s all about the money.

  • YoYoYo

    Calvin (5): not many owners are willing to go over the luxury tax. Not the Lakers, not the Knicks, it’s a killer. Especially with the repeater tax.

    Moreaufan2 (15) Larry Riley wasn’t the one that gave Biedrins that contract. It was Mullin who gave Biedrins and Ellis contracts the same year, then traded J-Rich and traded for Marcus Williams. Real Warrior fans would have known that.

    And the Biedrins contract was not seen as horrendous at the time. He was actually pretty productive in the time frame leading up to it. Then he got injured, lost all ability to shoot free throws, lost confidence and became a shell of his former self.

  • Millie

    Hey Moreau…it was Mullin that paid Beans, not Riley.

  • Philb

    Ray Felton came to the Blazers out of shape and unmotivated. He is no longer in a position to bargain…

  • Joe

    @Mike “If Bogut and Curry are healthy, the Warriors make the playoffs. 2 years and 10 mil for a guy with worn out knees? No thanks.” So you’re ok with two guys that have shattered ankles and no winning history? It’s people like you others that still talk playoffs after all these years that sicken me. Get your *ucking heads out of the sand and stop paying for crap until you get quality delivered. 1 playoff….19 *ucking years. #losing

  • Moreaufan2

    I think we should Pursue Lou Williams. He is a change of pace guard who can play the 1 and 2. He can score the mess out of the ball and play some defense. Then Rush can be that other swing guard who can play the 2 and 3 along with Wright if we keep him. Wriht isnt going to help get us to the playoffs, he was suppose to come in and bring defense but he has been more concerned with shooting too many three and pump faking. Havent seen him do much defensively for us! he is not a starting Sf in the league he is a fill in guy, not a starter. Role player or sixth man. we try to make guy stars that arent close too often.

  • Moreaufan2

    Yeah I agree PhilB, Felton is like another Baron Davis when it comes to PG’s being in shape.

  • c.tobar

    Larry Riley didn’t give biedrins that contact. Chris Mullin Did.
    Its a bunch of crap. Free agency starts July 1st. But they have to wait till July 11th to sign. look at all the excitement of all these handshake agreements. All these players can pull a Carlos boozer at the last minute. We get till Wednesday. Warriors aren’t going to be in the news until next Thursday at the soonest.

  • John Starks

    IMHO, that is a fairly rich deal for Roy. The T-wolves guaranteed him a second year without knowing if those knees will hold up. It’s their huge gamble and it could pay off for them. If Roy can produce close to what he used to, then the T-wolves MAY have scored a relative bargain. Key word: MAY.

    The Warriors offer was good, but the T-wolves offer was simply too ludicrous to pass up. I don’t think $10M/2ys is necessarily the price he commanded – it’s just that the T-wolves went over the top to get him. That’s what you have to do to win free agents. You can’t come in at a price that all the other teams are going to closely resemble – you have to “overpay”, which essentially becomes market value.

  • John Starks

    @Young – yeah funny how they wouldn’t wipe $15M off the books to get rid of Biedrins, but they’ll gladly throw $100M into the bay just to fix a sagging, busted-ass pier BEFORE they spend another $500M to build a new arena. Oh, and btw, they used that amnesty on Charlie Bell’s whopping $4M expiring contract.

    Um…yeah. Free agents don’t want to come here simply because they play in Oakland, right? GTFOHWTBS

  • J-Ridah

    Ok my sources just told me that he went to Minnesota because of the great tapas and happy hour at the local topless club. Apparently Brandon’s true passion is making it rain! Its all about the clubs and biaches!

  • Harp’s Dubs

    Agree with Moreaufan2 – Lou Williams is exactly the type of guard we need. He’s a slasher and a scorer – think Monta Ellis Lite. If we can get him, we need to do so!

    What are the Sixers gonna do for PF next year now that they’ve amnestied Brand? Thaddeus Young isn’t a true 4 and Moultrie’s not ready to start. They just drafted Mo Harkless (SF), re-signed Spencer Hawes (C) and just signed Nick Young (SG). They need a PF. Might they be interested in a David Lee for Andre Iguodala trade now? Seems like Iggy’s time may be up in Philly and I’d LOVE for him to join the Dubs.

    What would we do for a PF? Not sure, but a Harrison Barnes, Biedrins and DWright trade for Josh Smith sure would be interesting. It would give Atlanta more size with Biedrins, a fill-in for Marvin Williams at the 3 now that he’s been traded to Utah for Devin Harris and DWright, who can play the 2 or 3 and will be in the last year of his contract.

    I’d love to see a starting five of Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Smith and Bogut with a bench of Lou Williams, Jenkins, Rush (maybe), Jefferson, McGuire (hopefully), Draymond Green, Tyler, and Festus Ezeli.

  • Niners in 2012

    JERRYD BAYLESS is a free agent!! We need to be all over THIS. PG/SG, with a decent ast/to ratio, gets to the line like a beast. His stats as a starter are off the hook, 17.8 ppg, 5.3 apg, 43% 3P. He’s everything we hoped Dion Waiters was gonna be.

  • Harp’s Dubs

    I’d definitely be cool with either Bayless or Lou Williams. C’mon Dubs, don’t sit on your hands!

  • Kenny Seagle, Emperor of the North

    kenny’s call it dodging a bullet

    2 much money over 2 long time

    some thing wierd here eh????


  • moreaufan2

    I honestly think we have to keep Barnes! he will be a difference maker. I hate how everyone is talking about how he didnt do what he was supposed to in college. He led the team in scoring.

  • Young

    I too was excited about Jerryd Bayless seeing the news. I’ve nvr seen him play as a pro (bad thing. dude doesnt get minutes on a bad team). His numbers are horrible (40% fg) but I loved him in AZ and he is a very talented slasher.

    His story is almost identical to JJ hickson. GREAT talent but the team that has him nvr wants to keep him? (Toronto rescinded the qualifying offer? and gave up a high 1st round pick for Kyle Lowry instead???)

    I’m with it, for the cheap tho…

  • Ron

    #2 perfectly said. That bad decision has other ramifications other than him stinking up the court.

  • daniel

    America is the greatest country in the world. A guy with shattered knees got a 10mil contract !!!!!

  • West Oakland Warrior

    Real warrior fans would know that we traded Jason Richardson for Brandon wright.

    The Marcus Williams trade had to do with our pending 7-8 draft position this past draft.

    Don’t insult others when you have your facts wrong.

  • west oakland warrior

    An owner who says he all about winning at all costs.

    But refuses to to go over the salary tax

    But most playoff teams are dipping into luxury tax.

    Using amnesty on a $4 million player over andris is both a cheap and idiotic uninformed business decision.

  • Stan

    This is how I see it..Lacobs greatest brilliance as owner-no exaggeration- was to spot Lin,scout Lin, and then too sign Lin. He saw what no others did in that then gangly Asian kid. And then…a relic from the Warriors previous regime..somebody I had warned Lacob not to bring back..smugly says to Lacob” He’s taking a spot on our roster”..then Lacob,perhaps feeling unconfident..agreed to just let Lin walk away.
    And you have to know that Lacob-he of the intense screamer,fist pumper, of the Warriors 20 point come from behind win over the Heat last year ..must have had those raging days of breaking stuff as Lin became a mega star -in only months later- with a New York team.
    Thus Riley was kicked out as soon as the Warriors season was too obviously going to be a losing one.
    But,Lacob should have known..you dont re hire PROVEN losers when you want to win.

  • Dave

    With the latest scandal, has there been any comment from Biedrins? Will he be fined?

  • lobo

    Never read any comments when i do read MT column..BUT
    when Stan writes I read!! From a marketing point of view that was a hanger to sign Lin…equally as surprising and far more damaging is hiring Jackson for any period of time….he and Singletary joined at the hip…how do you spend for a Bentley and bring the car to
    Jiffy Lube so to speak??? With Van G’s, Sloan and even Jackson around, how do you hire a guy who can coach about as well as me???? He signs the checks…good luck…by the way next year will be Jackson’s last…new GM means new coach!!

  • Dubfan

    Not saying I wanted Roy but come on the dubs can’t land a terd in water. They say they are going to make changes and have done a poor job as usual. A lot of free agents decide to go else where and not come to the warriors, what does that say about are franchise? I’m tired of being the laughing stock of the league type fan because we can’t win. I’d rather just root for no team unless mr Ellison moves a team to the bay then we might actually have a contending team for a change

  • Robo

    Forget about Brandon Roy, trade Dorell Wright and Draymond Green for Ricky Rubio; Trade ID #6119297, and get in on the Dwight Howard situtation; but not for Howard, go get Blake Griffin instead; Trade ID #6119287.

  • Gummy

    Yeah, while we’re at it lets get Lebron

  • Stan

    Thanks Lobo-I appreciate that.

    I notice MT2 hasn’t mentioned the Beidrens,hooker,and car photos in the Huffington Post..all you guys heard about it?

  • Black-White Kidd


    “According to sources the Nets would receive Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark in the proposed deal. The Magic would get Brook Lopez, Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson and three first-round picks — two from the Nets and a lottery protected first from the Clippers. The Cavs would get Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first round pick from the Nets and three million in cash. The Clippers would receive MarShon Brooks.”

    Interesting scoop, although I’m not surprised one bit. You think a Rocawear shoe/clothing deal is in the works? Lol

  • Xraided


    I know a shoe deal is in the works. i’m sure JayZ can make him a billionaire just as easily as he could have for Lebron. “playing with Williams” is just a cover on why he only would sign an extension with NJ .

  • Black-White Kidd

    Haha, most def. Hey, “ya can’t knock the hustle.”

  • dknight007

    This team needs more clubbin disease carrying ball players to spread more diseases to the hizzoes and groupies at the Cluuuuubs!


  • Xraided


    sup knight? you been at BWW lately?

  • Xraided


    no you can’t. D12 with Williams and Jay Rich should be interesting though.. who else do they have worth mentioning after that trade?

  • Xraided

    BWW = Buffalo Wild Wings …

  • Harp’s Dubs

    @Xraided – maybe you’ve heard of Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace?

  • Dave

    In addition to having sex in public, Biedriens now faces tax evasion problems. Why is the main stream media ignoring this?

  • Black-White Kidd

    Three dudes named Williams is too much for one roster. I just hope Kanye doesn’t start rocking BKN gear if Howard goes that way, that jersey would look way too fresh to have it go to waste like that.

  • Xraided


    yea wow, i’ve been out of the loop,obviously. didn’t see they got JJ .. and even Wallace? holy crap! that’s serious bizniz