Darren Wolfson of ESPN1500.com reports that Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy apparently considered retiring again after recently suffering a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery. Timberwolves GM David Kahn supposedly talked him out of it.
Two Fridays ago, Roy kicked the idea around with Kahn before undergoing a seventh surgery on his right knee, but was convinced to hold off for now.
Roy's $5.1 million salary for this season is fully guaranteed, according to his Players Association filing, but the Wolves have an out from his $5,329,500 salary in 2013-14.
Per the filing, "Compensation Protection for 2013-14 is full, but protection for injury or illness is subject to elimination ifplayer re-injures a past physical condition. Compensation Protection for 2013-14 will remain full in spite of above referenced potential injury if player is (i) on team's Active List for 65 or more 2012-13 Regular Season games or (ii) plays at least 1,400 minutes during the 2012-13 Regular Season."
Jason Quick of The Oregonian reported Roy's take on the surgery earlier this month.
To Roy, Monday's surgery was more of an annoyance than a sign his career, and his knees, are through. He considered it a freak injury -- caused by banging knees with a Milwaukee Bucks player in the Timberwolves' last preseason game -- and totally unrelated to the arthritic pain that had sidelined him in the past.
The surgery was described as a "cleaning out" of debris, and the Timberwolves and Roy both say they expected his comeback to include some pitfalls such as extended time on the sideline.
Roy recently discussed his departure from Portland and the status of his knees here. Kahn said recently that he was not surprised by Roy's early knee problems. Roy's play in five games with Minnesota was not particularly great.
Roy spent the 2011-12 season in unofficial retirement after he was released by the Portland Trail Blazers using the amnesty clause in December 2011.
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