You can all go back to breathing regularly again: Brandon Roy has officially signed a multi-year contract extension. You've surely seen it reported earlier elsewhere, but nothing is official here at Trail Blazers HQ until the signature is on the contract. If we've learned nothing this summer it's that things can change at the last minute.
But that's not an issue today. Brandon Roy is going to be a Trail Blazer for the foreseeable future, not that that was ever really in doubt. When both player and team want the same thing, there's usually not much that can come in the way of making that mutual goal happen. These negotiations were no different.
Kevin Pritchard said "this is one of the most exciting and important days in Trail Blazers history,” and that ain't hyperbole. There are few players who have the collective skills and personality to become invaluable to a franchise and a city in just three short years, but Roy is one of them. Is he ever.
“No one has played a bigger role in the rebirth of the franchise, both on and off the court, than Brandon Roy," said KP. "While he’s a great player, he’s an even better person and I’m happy and proud to report that he’s going to be a Portland Trail Blazer for many years to come.”
KP is proud and Trail Blazers fans are relieved. Good feelings. Remember that the next time you start to get a little nervous regarding negotiations with important players. It'll all turn out for the best.
More tomorrow from the presser. Sleep easy Portland.