Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves originally drafted Brandon Roy in 2006 with the 6th overall pick, however Minnesota's team doctors we 'wary' of his knees--and they were, of course: correct. They traded away Roy for Randy Foye, who was highly regarded as a potential superstar in this League, that of course, didn't/hasn't happened (Foye was drafted 7th overall by the Celtics who immediately traded him to Portland--before being traded to Minnesota) . Brandon Roy went on to become a big star in Portland and Randy Foye spent three years with the Timberwolves averaging 10.1ppg, 13.1ppg, 16.3ppg. He was then traded along with Mike Miller to the Washington Wizards for the 5th overall pick in the 2009 draft (who became Ricky Rubio).
Through five seasons with the Portland Trailblazers Roy has averaged 19ppg, 4.3rpg & 4.7apg. He's also accumulated some awards: the 2007 Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Rookie First Team (2007), three-time NBA All-Star (2008, 2009, 2010), All-NBA Second Team (2009), All-NBA Third Team (2010).
Brandon Roy is still, of course, in the midst of a heft 5-year contract he signed with Portland (now with just 2 years and over $30M). Under the rules of the new labor deal, every team can cut at least one player on their roster between now and the next labor agreement (2018). On two bad knees and a 'boat-load' of money, Blazers owner Paul Allen has already stated that Roy is as good as gone.
New Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman is reportedly very interested in Roy as the Timberwolves are in dire need of a ball-handling shooting guard to run alongside Rubio & the rest of the Young Pups. However, Roy is most likely interested in signing with a contender: Chicago, Oklahoma City, Boston, Orlando, Dallas etc.
Roy does have connections to the Timberwolves as new assistant coach Bill Bayno (formerly of the Trailblazers) has seen every game Roy has played since coming to the NBA.
The Timberwolves are definitely going to take a shot at landing Roy and it's definitely a gamble to take a chance on Roy, but--definitely something we'll be keeping an eye on. Thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for Timberwolves news, information & updates all year round. GO WOLVES!
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