Mon, Dec 5th 2011, 22:19
Barring an injury setback before the season starts, the Trail Blazers will not use the “amnesty clause” on Brandon Roy this season, team president Larry Miller told The Oregonian late Monday evening.
“Our plan right now is not to use the amnesty,” Miller said. “We expect Brandon to be a part of this team when the season starts.”
Under the yet-to-be-signed collective bargaining agreement, teams have one chance to wipe an entire contract off the books during the time that the CBA is in place. Because Roy has $63 million remaining on his contract, and no longer has cartilage in either knee, some forecasted that the Blazers would waive the three-time All-Star even though he was the face of the franchise.
Waiving Roy would save owner Paul Allen more than $15 million in luxury tax this season and would enable the Blazers to have more free agent money in this year’s market.
“We feel he has been there for us, and we want him to know we are supporting him,” Miller said. “Paul (Allen) is on board with this and feels the same way.”
Miller on Monday held a 90-minute meeting at his home with Roy, agent Greg Lawrence, coach Nate McMillan and Blazers interim general manager Chad Buchanan. During the meeting, all the Blazers officials said they heard the right things from Roy: That his knees feel good and he is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win, whether that is coming off the bench or starting.
Becky | on 9/12/11
I am a huge fan of Brandon Roy. I heard he might be retiring. I would like the latest information to see if that is just a rumor or is there any truth behind it.