Why Brandon Roy Makes Minnesota Timberwolves a 2013 NBA Title Contender

Peter Emerick@@peteremerickSenior Writer IIJuly 6, 2012

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After retiring from the Portland Trail Blazers at the beginning of the 2011-12 season due to long-term health issues with his degenerative knees, Brandon Roy may be bringing his talents back to the NBA.

NBA.com's David Aldridge tweeted out all the details of Brandon Roy's reported two-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.


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


While it's great to see Roy bringing his game back to the NBA, it has to be a disheartening feeling for the Trail Blazers, who couldn't even attempt to re-sign Roy after amnestying him this past season.

With that being said, the Timberwolves may have overpaid a bit for Roy, as the health of his knees is in question. But if Roy can stay healthy, the talent that he brings to the court will undoubtedly be worth the $5.2 million per year they've invested in him.

Therein lies the biggest question: Can Roy stay healthy?

If so, the Timberwolves not only just made the steal of the 2012 offseason, they may have transformed their struggling franchise into a title contender in the Western Conference.

That is assuming Ricky Rubio can also fully recover from the torn ACL he suffered back in March.

If Rubio can return to full health early in the 2012-13 season and Roy can be the player he was two or three years ago, the T-Wolves can be one of the most dangerous teams in the Western Conference.

In the three seasons before Roy's knees began to hold him back, he was averaging 21.1 points and 5.2 assists per game. Adding that kind of production on the wing is something that could revolutionize the way the T-Wolves play as a team.

Not only would Roy's production be a major increase on offense, it would also help spread the floor, allowing players like Derrick Williams to slash into the paint. It's scary to think how good Kevin Love will be with Roy forcing defenders to guard him in isolation.

If adding Roy wasn't enough, small forward Nicolas Batum has agreed to a four-year, $45 million deal with the Timberwolves, as reported by ESPN.

Batum is now hoping that the Trail Blazers will either fail to match the T-Wolves offer or execute a sign-and-trade that would still send him to Minnesota.

If the T-Wolves could land Batum in addition to Roy, they would easily be one of the most talented teams in the Western Conference. They would also be one of the teams with the most hype heading into the 2012-13 season.

If they can put together a starting lineup consisting of Ricky Rubio, Brandon Roy, Nicolas Batum, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, the T-Wolves will have one of the most offensively explosive starting lineups in the entire NBA.

It looks like Kevin Love is finally getting the help he's always needed. Now it's time for him to prove that, to win a championship, all he needed was some help from his supporting cast.

With Brandon Roy on the roster, I think an NBA title certainly isn't outside the realm of possibilities.