"I sit back and think about all the hard work I've put into my dream, excited about the opportunity to provide for my family," said Roy. "I go in knowing that I've come into the league and I've done everything I can do to get a max contract."
Roy was then asked how he felt about the negotiations.
"It's 50-50 right now. I'd love for something to get done so I can move forward and meet free agents."
So let's say that the Blazers decide they don't want to pay Roy the max. Let's also say that Roy feels he deserves the max and the situation gets a little ugly. David Kahn, being from Portland, offers up this deal
Al Jefferson (assume he's totally healthy) and Ricky Rubio to Portland for Brandon Roy (who resigns for a max contract prior to the trade) and Joel Pryzbilla.
Also figure that various draft picks, expiring contracts and players could be thrown in as sweeteners. The question is: would you do the trade? If not, which team would reject the deal? Why? What would it take to get it done?
Portland's Post-Trade Starting Lineup (with 3 key reserves)
PG - Ricky Rubio - Steve Blake
SG - Rudy Fernandez
SF - Travis Outlaw - Martell Webster
PF - Al Jefferson - LaMarcus Aldridge
C - Greg Oden
Portland gets a star in return who does not make max money in Jefferson. He's also the offensive post presence they sorely lack. Rubio brings the star power and forms an interesting backcourt with fellow Spainard, Fernandez. The front court gets a little crowded with Jefferson, Aldridge and Oden but with Aldridge's pending free agency and Oden's chronic injuries that would probably be a good problem to have. Plus, Jefferson and Aldridge have different games and wouldn't be redundant to eachother.
Minnesota's Post-Trade Starting Lineup (with 3 key reserves)
PG - Jonny Flynn - Sebastian Telfair
SG - Brandon Roy - Wayne Ellington
SF - Ryan Gomes - Corey Brewer
PF - Kevin Love
C - Joel Pryzbilla
Minnesota forms a dominant young backcourt with Roy and Flynn. Flynn's terrific Summer League performance and endearing personality has already won over a lot of fans. Pairing him with Roy would be exciting, to say the least. Clearing out Jefferson opens the door for Love to hold down the PF position. Pryz provides the defensive shot blocking presence to compliment Love's game. This team would be lacking big man depth and perhaps a wing depending on what happens with Brewer, but if those were their only long-term needs they'd be in good shape.
So I repeat, if the Roy contract situation came to a head, would you pull the trigger on this one? Feel free to elaborate.