The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with shooting guard Brandon Roy, ending his brief retirement. Roy, according to sources, had the same surgery on his troublesome knees that Kobe Bryant popularized last year. If Roy can have the same success with the procedure that Bryant did, the Timberwolves could be heavily rewarded for their gamble on Roy.
During the 2008-2009 season, the best of his career, Roy was one of the most fun players in the league to watch. In a 124-119 win over the Phoenix Suns, Roy exploded for 52 points on 14 of 27 shooting while getting to the free throw line 21 times, hitting 19 of his free throws. It was a season of scoring outbursts for the Seattle native, including a 42-point playoff performance in the first round of the playoffs.
The risk is fairly large, as Roy hasn't been able to stay healthy and live up to the potential he showed early on in his career. Over his last two season with the Blazers, Roy missed 52 of the 164 games during that stretch. He also spent last season without a team, forced to retire because of his problematic knees.
The surgery did wonders for Bryant's knee and re-engerized his career. With similar results, Roy's career could not only be re-started,but rebuilt, and that bright future could be realized.
If healthy, Roy would be a huge addition to the Timberwolves, who lack scoring power outside of Kevin Love. With Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams and Love the only real strong cornerstones, the Timberwolves need to bring in talent, and taking a risk on Roy is perfect for the team.
Without being a contender, Minnesota is always going to struggle getting free agents to take the franchise seriously consider it a great option. With Roy, the Timberwolves were able to get a talent they would otherwise be missing out on for a bargain price.
Roy will add efficient scoring to the Timberwolves with a career average of 19 points per game on 46 percent shooting and 35.2 from beyond the arc. In addition to his scoring, Roy also impacts the game through rebounding and passing. He has career averages of 4.7 assists per game and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Despite placing10th in the league in points per game, the Timberwolves finished the 2011-2012 season 27th in field goal percentage. With Roy's efficient scoring and high basketball IQ, the Timberwolves should be a more efficient offensive team with Roy on the floor.
At $10 million over two years, the Timberwolves have found themselves in a low-risk, high-reward situation. If healthy, the Timberwolves get a great player for a great price and likely a chance to lock up Roy long-term if he is successful in year one.
If Brandon Roy can return to good health, the Timberwolves' organization will be rewarded in a big way for their $10 million gamble.