Brandon Roy to attempt comeback: Should the Bulls take a look?


Brandon Roy to attempt comeback: Should the Bulls take a look?

Brandon Roy announced his retirement prior to the start of the 2011-12 season at age 27 due to deteriorating cartilage in both of his knees. But asthis NBA season comes to a close with the NBA Finals, Roy confirmed Fridaythat he intends to attempt a comeback next season.Roy was an instant star inPortland, beingnamed the NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2006-07 year. In his third season, hehelped the Trail Blazers to a 52-28 record and the franchise's first playoff berth since 2003.Portland would make playoff appearances the following two years, and while the Trail Blazers never made it out of the first round, Roy was the focal point of the franchise's resurgence.But at the same time, Roy dealt with constant knee injuries that forced him to miss 89 games over his five-year career. He had arthroscopic surgery on both knees in January 2011, which forced him to miss 33 games.The Trail Blazers used their amnesty clause on Roy, freeing the team from the maximum salary contract he signed in 2009. That also made Roy an unrestricted free agent if he ever decided to un-retire, which could be this off-season.The Bulls have their own injuries to deal with next year, but taking a chance on Roy would give the team a proven ball handler, leader in the locker room and potential scorer. Roy will never be the player he was his first four seasons in Portland, when he averaged 20.2 points per game.But assuming it would only take the veteran's minimum salary to sign Roy, it's really a no-risk proposition for the Bulls to look at. Having taken an entire calendar year off, he may be rusty but also well-rested, which, ofcourse,is important to someone with chronic knee injuries.The Bulls will be looking for help at shooting guard this off-season, and have three routes they can take: 1) re-sign Kyle Korver andor Ronnie Brewer, 2) draft a shooting guard with the 29th pick in the NBA Draft, or 3) sign a free agent.Given that the Bulls will not have much flexibility with their cap space, and the draft most likely will not warrant an instant contributor, a player such as Roy, if healthy,could give the Bulls a stopgap early in the 2012-13 season. While that if is a longshot, his successful past could make it worth looking into.

Jay Cutler is the most unsurprising 'breakout star' of 'Very Cavallari'


Jay Cutler is the most unsurprising 'breakout star' of 'Very Cavallari'

After producing one-liners as amusing as “I’m looking to do the exact opposite of work,” in his reality TV debut, Jay Cutler was at it again.

The former Bears quarterback had more gems to offer in the second episode of his wife’s reality show, “Very Cavallari.” Cutler’s general apathy towards, well, everything continued.

In one of the more unintentionally funny lines of the show, Kristin Cavallari, Cutler’s wife and the star of the show, said Cutler has no game. Keep the giggles to yourselves, Bears fans.

She wistfully talked about how much fun the couple used to have early in their relationship until Cutler cut her off and said “You decided to go to bed at 8:45 every night.”

“He can be a little s*** sometimes, but he makes me laugh,” Kristin Cavallari said of her husband on the show.

That line might be something Bears fans can relate to.

While the show has plenty of your standard reality show drama, Cutler’s scenes are a humorous change of pace. The way things are going, Cutler could be in for a bigger part. In the meantime, maybe Bears fans will skip around until Cutler appears on camera.

Who knew? Bears fans, Kristin. All Bears fans knew.

Roquan Smith not among Bears rookies reporting to training camp

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Roquan Smith not among Bears rookies reporting to training camp

Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith won't be reporting to Bourbonnais with the rest of the team's rookie class Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His absence won't be considered a holdout until veterans are required to report on July 19.

Smith is among several top-10 picks without a contract but is the first who will grab headlines. Chicago's training camp starts earlier than most this year because of their participation in the Hall of Fame Game on August 4. The extra week of camp makes Smith's contract status less concerning, even if it spills into the first few practices.

Still, we aren't too far removed from Joey Bosa's lengthy contract dispute with the Los Angeles Chargers that centered around offset language and his signing bonus.

Generally speaking, teams want offset language in rookie contracts as protection in the event they decide to cut a player in his fourth season. If the contract doesn't include offset language, the player is entitled to all of the money in that fourth season from his original team while also eligible to sign elsewhere. Teams don't want to pay that money while the player wants the ability to double dip.

This is one of the few issues that can result in a holdout now that the rookie wage scale is in place. Smith, most likely, isn't arguing over dollars. Instead, it's about contract language, which can get dicey.

We'll know more about how far apart the Bears and Smith are on his contract come July 19, when this disagreement will officially become a holdout.