Interview: Roy on contract negotiations, Pritchard
Transcript of an interview conducted Tuesday with Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy.
Roy on whether he remembers there being a time last summer that Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard was ever pushed out of the picture during negotiations regarding Roy’s contract extension
Um … that’s funny. Because in negotiations, I wasn’t hands on. I just kind of — my agent would call and I’d be like, ‘Uh, no.’ Or I’d be like, ‘All right. Getting closer.’
From what I know, I always thought my agent dealt with Kevin. So, I’ve never really known (Blazers president) Larry (Miller) to negotiate contracts. When it got close to being done, KP called me and we talked. So, I didn’t — I don’t know about the whole Larry thing. I’m sure Paul (Allen) was involved; he’s the owner. It’s his money. But I don’t know how much Larry Miller was involved.
From what I know, talking to my agent, no, Kevin never disappeared. So, I don’t know if they aided him on it. But from my whole time talking to my (agent), nah. They went through a period where we didn’t speak much, but that was — we didn’t speak much to anybody. That was July-ish. Most of July. That was kind of a dead period. I know they were dealing with free agent stuff. But it was never thought that he wasn’t involved. No.