Lakers Rumors: Brandon Roy Signing Would Instantly Make L.A. Title Contenders

L.A. would be insane not to roll the dice on Brandon Roy.

Sure, the former Portland Trail Blazer’s knees are an issue, but it isn’t like the Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t get any value out of Andrew Bynum. The enormous boost a healthy Roy would be to the Lakers’ bench can’t possibly be understated.

Peter Vecsey of the New York Post tweeted that Roy is interested in joining the Purple and Gold:


Brandon Roy is considering Lakers should he come back. I say he's coming back 4 sure...but to Warriors, where ex-agent Bob Myers is GM

— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) June 1, 2012  

If Roy does indeed un-retire, Mitch Kupchak can’t hesitate to call him.

Los Angeles’ bench is a complete joke. This season, Steve Blake averaged a pitiful 5.2 points per game and shot 33.5 percent from downtown. And considering that most of his looks were wide-open spot-up attempts, that’s embarrassing.

While designated defenders Matt Barnes and Devin Ebanks are solid, they’re both free agents. Well, at least Barnes is solid, Ebanks…can jump. Losing either would be disappointing, but neither is capable of providing any offensive spark.

For Roy, spark is an understatement. He provides an explosion.

Roy was arguably the most clutch player in the NBA not named Kobe Bryant. He’s the instant-offense off the bench that the Lakers have longed for. And not only would he be able to serve as Kobe’s backup, but he’s capable of playing alongside him.

According to John Hollinger of ESPN, Roy had the fifth highest pure-point percentage among shooting guards in the league. He’s the ideal first guard off the bench. And the Lakers had front-row seats to the damage a dominant sixth man is capable of doing this year—cough James Harden cough.

If Roy re...

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