Friday, July 10, 2009

Roy hopes to strick it big this summer with a contract extension

By Anthony Caruso III

Brandon Roy of the Portland TrailBlazers is a young superstar. But he hasn't yet to get the superstar status deal that many players of his stature get. He's hoping to get that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony type deal.

The 2007 Rookie of the Year is the face of the franchise in Portland. He is expected to make $3.9 million during the 2009-10 season. He has a $5.2 million qualifying offer for the following season. But the Blazers are expected to talk to Roy this summer about a contract extension.

Roy might do what James, Wade, and Anthony did in the summer of 2006. All three of those players, along with Toronto Raptors Chris Bosh, all decided to go for a shorter 3-year deal for nearly $50 million, instead of the longer 5-or-6-year deals for more than a $100 million. They are all expected to hit it big in the 2010 free agent market.

Roy was the 6th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Shortly thereafter, he was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves, who drafted him, to the Portland TrailBlazers for Randy Foye for one another. Since that time, he has accomplished many accolades, like the before-mentioned 2007 Rookie of the Year, 2008 and 2009 All-Star selections, 2007 All-NBA All-Rookie First-Team, and was named to the All-NBA Second-Team this past season; the first Blazer to make the All-NBA team since the 1991-92 season.

Roy was co-captains with LaMarcus Aldridge during the 2008-09 season. Both players were acquired during the 2006 NBA draft. He also finished 9th in the MVP voting last season, with 1 4th-place vote and four 5th-place vote for 7 points.

He averaged 22.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 36.9 minutes last season in 78 starts. The 22.6 points were the most points he averaged in a season in his career after previously averaging 16.8 points and 19.1 points in the previous two seasons. He averaged 26.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 39.7 minutes in 6 playoff games, before losing in the first-round to the Houston Rockets.

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