Minnesota Timberwolves Make Risky Deal in Signing Knee-Less Brandon Roy
After being drafted by the Timberwolves six years ago, and then promptly being dealt to Portland, Brandon Roy will come full-circle as he attempts to revive his once-promising NBA career with the up-and-coming Wolves.
The soon-to-be 28-year-old swingman was one of the best scorers in the league when he was healthy. The Timberwolves originally swapped Roy for Randy Foye due to concerns over Roy's knees. After officially retiring less than two years ago because his knees would not allow him to play, Roy says he is ready to give his career another go.
When Roy was healthy, he was a great player. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2007, and made the All-Star team from 2008-2010. He averaged almost 20 points per game, along with four assists and four rebounds.
As reported by Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman was "sincere" in his efforts to retain Roy's services, telling the former All-Star exactly where he would fit into the Wolves' plans.
All of this is well and good, but only if Roy can still play. I know the Wolves need a shooting guard in the worst way, but this is a player who retired due to injury. He walked away from the game he loved, the game that made him a millionaire at such a young age, because his body simply would not allow him to continue.
Using a controversial procedure to regenerate his knees, Roy believes they are now good enough to survive an 82-game NBA season.
Forgive me for being skeptical.
I was one of Roy's biggest fans, and cursed the Wolves for dealing him on draft day. Unfortunately, I doubt he will be able to really help this young Wolves squad. I can't see a player who retired due to deteriorating knees a year and a half ago making a real comeback.
Will Brandon Roy help the Timberwolves?
The rigors of an NBA season will be too much for Roy.
If, and it is a huge if, Roy can stay on the court, then he would be a big help. He has been working out and testing himself, but there's not much that can prepare you for an entire season.
I am not sure I would have paid him $10 million to make his comeback in Minnesota. My heart wants this deal to work out. I want Brandon Roy to regain his former glory and be a serious factor for the Wolves this year.
My brain says that is a pipe dream, and the Wolves are chasing unicorns again.
I suppose the worst-case scenario is Roy offers a veteran presence and his knees don't allow him to complete his comeback, the Wolves cut him and eat his first-year guarantee of $5 million.
It is not the worst idea the Timberwolves have come up with over the years (cue a stock photo of Joe Smith), and for a team as desperate as they are at the two-guard slot, I guess it's not such a big gamble.
As far as the Timberwolves are concerned, this move was a necessary one. Let's hope it works out.
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