Brandon Roy Reportedly Agrees to 2-Year Deal with Minnesota Timberwolves
Brandon Roy has come to a verbal agreement with Minnesota according to a person in Roy's family— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 5, 2012
Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy offered the details of the contract:
Brandon Roy has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Story: tinyurl.com/7kq2h7f— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 5, 2012
NBA.com's David Aldridge elaborated on the financial specifics of the deal via Twitter:
Reporting in real time, folks: impeccable source just texted of Brandon Roy, "It's minn". @jwquick had it first. Deal is 2 yrs, $10.4M.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 6, 2012
Roy was forced to prematurely hang it up because of a degenerative issue that affected both of his knees. His on-court performance suffered due to the injuries, leading to career lows in virtually every statistical category leading up to his retirement.
Despite his subpar performance in 2010-2011, Roy has accumulated career averages of 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game since he broke into the league as the sixth overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft.
The Timberwolves were actually Roy's first official team, as they drafted the University of Washington star and then quickly traded him to Portland for the draft rights to Randy Foye and cash.
Adding the soon-to-be 28-year-old guard gives the T'Wolves an increased hope of becoming a serious contender in the Western Conference next season. The acquisition also allows Martell Webster to be more of a sixth man for Rick Adelman's team, a role he is better suited for than Roy.
Before Ricky Rubio went down with a torn ACL 41 games into the season, the Timberwolves appeared to have an outside shot at postseason life.
Unfortunately, things did not go so well after Rubio's injury. The T'Wolves won just five of their next 25 games.
If Rubio is able to make a speedy recovery, the Timberwolves' starting five would look something like Rubio, Roy, Wesley Johnson, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic.
The return of the former NBA Rookie of the Year marks an exciting day for the Minnesota community, and it will be interesting to see how next season pans out for both Roy and his new team.
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