Roy will officially sign with the Wolves on July 11th when the NBA's moratorium ends.
At just 26 years old Brandon Roy was forced to retire from the NBA, prior to last season, due to the 'absence' of cartilage in his knees.
Now, a year later, Roy is on the comeback trail and he'll be doing it with the team that drafted him in 2006 (before they traded him to the Blazers for the rights to Randy Foye...because of concerns about his knees).
The Minnesota Timberwolves were just one of the team's interested in Roy. Among them: the Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Word is, Roy narrowed his choices down to the Wolves and the Warriors, before choosing Minnesota. The Timberwolves were turned on to Brandon Roy, thanks to former Portland (current Minnesota assistant) coach Bill Bayno, who has a great relationship with Roy (from his time in Portland).
One of Minnesota's glaring weaknesses was a shooting guard as well as some veteran leadership. Brandon Roy would seem to fit both of those requisites.
During his last season with the Blazers, Roy averaged 12.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 47 games. Brandon has played in the NBA for five years and has career averages of 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds. Add Rookie of the Year honors in 2007, a three-time All-Star (2008, 2009, 2010), All-NBA 2nd Team (2009), All-NBA 3rd Team (2010) and All-Rookie 1st Team (2007).
I think it's fair to say, we're not getting the three-time All-Star, but I'm guessing (possibly hoping) we got a contributor.
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