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Brandon Roy

Status:
Not Active
Height:
6' 6"
Weight:
216 lbs
Age:
29
Born:
Jul 23, 1984
Seattle, WA, United States
Drafted:
2006 - round 1, 6th overall by Min
PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
2013 Regular Season
5.8 2.8 4.6 0.6 0.0

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived guard Brandon Roy, likely bringing an end to an All-Star career that was shortened by knee problems. The second season of the two-year contract Roy signed with the Wolves was not guaranteed, making his release inevitable. The 28-year-old Roy was a three-time All-Star with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Timberwolves announced the move Friday. Roy retired before last season due to knee issues, then attempted a comeback with the Timberwolves this season after going through a procedure that gave him hope that the chronic pain in his knees would be reduced. But after a promising training camp, Roy's knee issues returned early in the regular season. He played just five games.

Roy has had a setback with his surgically repaired right knee, casting further doubt on his chances of resuming a career derailed by knee problems. Roy gave an update Thursday on his recovery from arthroscopic surgery in December. He says he was feeling close to trying to play in a game for the first time this season, but felt more pain last Saturday and had to slow things down.

The former Portland Trail Blazers All-Star retired before last season because of chronic knee issues. After feeling better this summer, Roy signed with the Timberwolves to start a comeback. Roy says his latest setback has been discouraging. But he remains hopeful that he will play this season. He says there is no timetable for his first game.

Roy is considering retirement again after being unable to shake the knee issues that have plagued him in recent years.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves guard is weighing retirement against one last search for a treatment or procedure that could alleviate the chronic pain in his knees. The person requested anonymity because a final decision has yet to be made. Roy had another surgery last month and returned to practice for the first time on Thursday.

Roy says he never considered retirement after his latest operation. The shooting guard was back at practice on a limited, non-contact basis with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, almost one month after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Roy said he'll be able to participate without restriction next week but there is no timeline for his return.

The former NBA Rookie of the Year and All-Star with Portland retired before last season because of chronic problems with his knees before reviving his career with Minnesota this summer. He banged knees with another player in an exhibition game in October and experienced discomfort in the weeks that followed. He had surgery on Nov. 19.

Roy is having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, an ominous sign for a player trying to come back from years of chronic knee issues.

The Timberwolves say Roy is having the surgery Monday in the Twin Cities. The timetable for recovery will be determined after surgery. Roy signed a two-year deal with Minnesota in the offseason after sitting out all of last year. He missed a few days before the start of the regular season with knee soreness and only played five games before needing surgery.

Roy pitched in 10 points, six assists and five rebounds Friday.

Roy played 30 minutes. "It's good to know that I was able to handle it well. My knees felt great, besides some cramps. First game back, I'm excited going forward."

When the Timberwolves host Sacramento on Friday night, Roy will take the court and complete a remarkable comeback from chronic pain in both of his knees. The injury prompted his departure from Portland and assumed retirement from the NBA until a revival of his career this summer.

Coach Rick Adelman says he'll start Roy's playing time at about 30 minutes per game and gauge the situation as the season goes along.

Roy has been practicing full speed and playing in preseason games with little or no discomfort.

Roy had a procedure this summer to try to address the problems in his knees and said he experience immediate results. The Wolves will badly need his shooting and decision-making in the fourth quarter.

Roy says his retirement from the NBA last year was never final. Roy was introduced Tuesday by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He says he considered having last season off as more of a ``pause'' while he worked through chronic knee problems that ended his tenure with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Roy signed a two-year, $10.4 million contract to resume his career with the Wolves. They actually drafted him in 2006 but traded him to the Blazers a few minutes later for another shooting guard, Randy Foye.

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Roy has agreed to terms on a two-year, $10.4 million deal to join the Wolves next season. The person requested anonymity because the news has not been officially announced.

The former Portland guard retired before last season because of chronic knee issues. The Blazers used the amnesty clause on the remaining $63 million of Roy's deal to get his salary off of its books, but he received some treatments that prompted him to try to return.

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