Portland's fans are pissed about the possibility of Roy being amnsetethized. If he doesn't here's what's going to happen: he'll have a good night than three crappy ones, will get mad when his role is reduced, and there will be turmoil, and stretches of identity-confused offense. Then we'll amnesty him after the year, unless mid-season is an option for this.
We'll get the most value if we do it now. The bids for Roy will be much higher this year than next. Also, we can find a backup for Aldridge with the flexibility of of the full MLE. If Aldridge has to play a million-billion minutes again (seriously, second-most last year), I'll be really upset.
Roy did a fair amount of whining last year didn't he? I mean, its a shame such a talented player is so cursed with injuries, but not sure why he still has the fans favor.