The 2010-2011 season produced sad news for the savvy Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers. The 6'6” NBA three-time All-Star shooting guard led the Trail Blazers until knee problems forced an early retirement during the NBA lockout. A season away from basketball lit a flame within Roy, as he now prepares to make a full return to the NBA.
The 2007 Rookie of the Year will be an unrestricted free agent and a few teams have been anticipating his return. Rumor has it that even the Los Angeles Lakers have taken interest in the former All-Star.
Fortunately for fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the potential to add the once-potent guard is a part of the team’s plans. It seems as if the Timberwolves wish to add their original first-round draft pick from 2006.
In the 2006 NBA Draft, Minnesota originally took Brandon Roy, but unfortunately his presence on the team did not last very long. The trade rights for Roy were shipped away to Portland, in return for Randy Foye.
Look how that turned out.
According to ESPN, GM David Kahn is ready to push forth a two-year contract with Roy. Minnesota feels comfortable taking a risk on Roy's knee issues, and they believe in his progress.
With the addition of Roy, the shooting guard position could potentially be filled. This problematic hole in the roster may be filled this season at a relatively low cost. Even if Roy never returns to All-Star status, if he has the ability to be a sixth man, he will still be a productive addition. Brandon Roy has a vast amount of talent; hopefully he will run the court in a Wolves uniform.
Imagine a trio consisting of Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, and Brandon Roy; a brighter future may be on the horizon for the Timberwolves.