The Lakers need bench scoring. Brandon Roy is coming out of retirement. Match made in heaven, right? Maybe not, according to ESPN:
According to a source familiar with the team’s thinking, the Lakers are not interested in Roy, the former Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard who retired last December because of knee troubles. Roy, who turns 28 next month, has been working out in L.A. this summer in hopes of returning to the league.
While certainly respecting the player who Roy once was, the Lakers are skeptical that Roy’s body would be able to make it though the grind of a full 82-game season, according to the source.
Many thought the Lakers would give Roy a shot, but it seem Los Angeles have enough knee problems of their own already and would like to add some young, healthy scoring options off the bench.
According to Sam Amico, one of those options could be restricted free agent O.J. Mayo:
Grizzlies shooting guard O.J. Mayo could be on both the Lakers’ and Celtics’ radar as well, said a source. Mayo is a restricted free agent, meaning the Grizzlies would have three days to match any offer.
The Lakers have reportedly gone after Mayo before in the past via trade. While they can’t offer him anything more than about $3 million this off-season during the free agency period, they could offer more via a sign-and-trade with the Grizzlies.
Memphis also have interest in Pau Gasol – apparently they offered Zach Randolph for him – so you could possibly see Mayo going in a package for the Spaniard.
Amico also mentions that the Lakers could be interested in Nick Young, who is also a free agent this off-season, as well as Spencer Hawes, Kirk Hinrich and Kris Humphries.
Either way, it seems the Lakers are weighing up all their options before making any major moves this off-season.