Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

New CBA's Amnesty Clause: Would you bid for Brandon Roy?

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves guards, Wolves players, Wolves news Updated: November 28, 2011 - 9:15 AM

How much would you pay to finally make Brandon Roy a Timberwolf?

Or would you at all?

Would you still be willing to take a chance on those bone-on-bone knees that have made him just a portion of the player he once was but still allowed him to wow for one quarter in last spring's playoffs?

The new labor agreement that the owners and players continue to work out, but there's a clause in there -- see the deal's summary provided by SI.com's Sam Amick here -- that will prevent the Heat and the Lakers and the Bulls, etc., from scooping up handfuls of veterans let go by other teams for the mere veteran's minimum.

Instead, there will be a modified waiver process that will allow teams under the salary cap to place competing bids for part but not all of any player released through that amnesty provision.

That list of players could include Gilbert Arenas, Rashard Lewis, Baron Davis, Brendan Haywood, Richard Jefferson, Ron Artest and yes Roy, who, as Wolves fans will never forget, was drafted by the Wolves but traded for Randy Foye on draft night in 2006.

The Wolves' doctors at the time were alarmed by Roy's knees.

They were right: Those kness now leave Roy unworthy of that 5-year, $82 million contract extension he signed in 2009.

But is the three-time All Star worth a roll of the dice at, say, $3-4 million a year for the next three years?

He fits one of the team's great needs: A ball-handling 2 guard, which they now sorely lack

He's also -- as he proved on those un-repairable knees against the Mavs last spring -- the kind of game-changing player with the ball in his hands late in games. 

His knees might be 57, but the rest of him is only 27 and the kind of guy you'd want in your locker room (unless he fails to come to the realization that he's not the player he once was).

If the Blazers indeed do release Roy -- owner Paul Allen certainly doesn't need the money, but it'd help him re-sign restricted free agent Greg Oden -- the Wolves at least will have an inside, informed opinion: New assistant coach Bill Bayno has seen both the old and the current Brandon Roy.

Bayno, just hired away from the Blazers, has seen Roy play every night since Roy came into the league.

On the other side of the amnesty coin...

Will the Wolves use their one-time-only option to pay off a player's contract and have that number come off their salary cap.

Fans on Twitter have thrown out questions to me about whether the Wolves will do so with everybody from Michael Beasley and Martell Webster to Darko! and Brad Miller.

Beasley? Certainly not.

Darko!: I can't see Glen Taylor writing a check for $12 million-plus after just one season when they could create the same cap room by paying Miller -- who knows Adelman's system and is a needed veteran presence, but doesn't have much left in him on that surgically repaired knee -- less than $6 million for the next two years.

All 30 NBA teams can use the amnesty clause, but each can only use it once during this new labor deal and they can only use it for a player now currently on their roster.

My hunch: Perhaps only if they can use that money for sure to sign an impact player.

Might Roy qualify?

What do you think?

Would you roll the proverbial dice?

And would you use the amnesty provision now to waive Miller or Darko! or Beasley (or whoever)?

Feel free to chime in...

 

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