Commentary

Is Brandon Roy a fit for Chicago?

Debating whether the Blazers guard would play well next to Derrick Rose

Originally Published: December 8, 2011
By Chris Broussard and Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine
RoySam Forencich/NBAE/Getty ImagesWould Brandon Roy form a good backcourt tandem with Derrick Rose?

The only thing Ric Bucher and Chris Broussard like to do more than report on the NBA is argue about the NBA. That's why, as the NBA returns, so does Insider's weekly One-on-One series, in which they'll debate the hottest topics in the association.

Question: There is a chance he could stay with the Portland Trail Blazers, but if he doesn't, would Brandon Roy be a good fit for the Chicago Bulls?

BROUSSARD: With the Blazers considering using their amnesty clause to waive Roy, several clubs are weighing the possibility of signing the former All-Star shooting guard. One of those teams is Chicago. While the Bulls' chances of landing Roy are not high, since teams with cap room get the first shot at him, I think Roy would be a very good fit if they could get him.

There are better fits, to be sure. I like Nick Young in Chicago, for instance. But Roy would be a very nice addition to the Bulls, one that could potentially get them out of the Eastern Conference.


BUCHER: I'm a big fan of Roy and his game, and it kills me that his body has let him down this fast, even if it was quietly considered a possibility by some when he was drafted. But he's a terrible fit for the Bulls, and as much as I don't want to see Gar Forman or John Paxson lose their jobs, they should be fired if Roy's name is even on their dry erase board. From a basketball standpoint, even if healthy, he makes no sense other than he's a scoring 2 and Chicago needs one.

Ric Bucher

NBA Reporter, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer