Brandon Roy: Guard's NBA Return with Minnesota Timberwolves Could Be Short-Lived

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Brandon Roy: Guard's NBA Return with Minnesota Timberwolves Could Be Short-Lived

Brandon Roy returned to the NBA from a year-long retirement, signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves over the summer. His un-retirement could be even shorter than his absence.

Roy's performance was lacking in preseason play as he attempted to adjust to a new style. His poor shooting (31.4 percent during regular season play thus far) was expected from the rust, but he's lacked the explosiveness that made him a collegiate standout and three-time All-Star for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Zach Harper of CBSSports.com said during the preseason, "Everyone seems to be waiting for the ticking time bomb that is supposed to be Brandon Roy's knees."

Boom.

Instead of making a return visit to the Rose Garden, Roy is having his seventh knee surgery. It is being called a minor arthroscopy, but there is nothing minor with that number of invasions.

The problems intensified during his final preseason game on Oct. 26 against the Milwaukee Bucks. He banged his right knee, leading to bruising and swelling.

The injury was aggravated when he was bumped by a teammate in practice. Yet another collision, this time in a Nov. 9 game against Indiana, has caused him to miss Minnesota's last four games.

Roy was the Rookie of the Year during the 2006-07 season after being drafted sixth overall out of the University of Washington.

He signed a five-year, $82 million contract extension prior to the 2009 season. He was paid the remaining $63 million of that contract after retiring for medical reasons.

The Timberwolves are on the hook for his $5.4 million 2012 salary, but the second year of his contract is contingent on his contributions this season.

 

Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.

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