Brandon Roy Released by Minnesota Timberwolves

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 10, 2013

The Minnesota Timberwolves have given up on Brandon Roy as a reclamation project, according to the team's public relations Twitter account:

It is a logical move for the organization as it is saving $5.3 million by cutting ties with the five-year veteran.

Roy’s career was once very promising. As a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, he averaged 16.8 points per game as a rookie, which spurred him to the NBA Rookie of the Year award. 

He followed that up with scoring averages of 19.1, 22.6 and 21.5 the following seasons.

In the 2010-11 season, durability became a major issue. His scoring average dropped to just 12.5 points per game and he played in only 47 games.

Roy retired in December 2011 while still a member of the Blazers. He claimed it was never his decision to retire, and some speculated that he may have walked away to avoid being amnestied.

The latter would have resulted in Roy possibly being shipped to a team he wouldn’t have been happy with.

He had come out of retirement to join the Wolves, but the knee issues that contributed to him walking away from the game resurfaced. Roy played in just five games this season for Minnesota.

The team had inked him to a two-year deal, but they had an opt-out clause in the event injuries caused Roy to be unplayable.

After a reported seven knee surgeries, it appears that is the bitter reality for the former star.

It seems this will spell the end of Roy's career, as it is unlikely another team would be willing to roll the dice on him in the future.

If this is the end, Roy will retire as a three-time All-Star and one of the most-liked stars of the mid-to-late 2000s.


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