Zgoda: Brandon Roy To Sit Behind Timberwolves Bench During Saturday Night's Game

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy will return to the Rose Garden with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports on Twitter that former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy will make his first trip to the Rose Garden this season when his Minnesota Timberwolves come to town on Saturday night.

Roy says he plans to sit behind the bench during Saturday's game at Portland, says he has no idea how he'll feel because he's not playing

Roy, 28, did not accompany the Timberwolves during their first trip to Portland, on Nov. 23, because he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. He attended one Blazers game last season, surprising former Blazers guard Jamal Crawford for his birthday back in March 2012.

Roy admitted recently that his career was at a "crossroads" after a series of setbacks with his knee. His name has come up in trade talks and contract buyouts.

Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Nov. 19. The Timberwolves expected him to be sidelined for one month at the time. A few weeks after the surgery, it was reported that Roy was weighing retirement again. Roy has reportedly suffered multiple setbacks during his rehabilitation and he has yet to return to the court although he did reportedly make it back to the practice court.

Back in December, reports surfaced indicating that Roy would consider retirement. The Timberwolves released the following statement on behalf of Roy in response to those reports.

"Last week while practicing, I suffered a setback in my recovery. I've felt better since the recent surgery, but I am not all the way better. The past two days I have been weighing all of my options as I try to continue my basketball career. I have decided to explore additional treatment options and an extensive rehabilitation plan. My goal has been, and continues to be, to return to the basketball court as healthy as possible in order to help our team. "

The Blazers released Roy using the amnesty clause in December 2011 and he spent the 2011-12 season in unofficial retirement. Earlier this season, Timberwolves GM David Kahn, who signed Roy to a two-year deal this summer worth a reported $10 million, said that he was not surprised by Roy missing time due to injury. The early returns for Roy's play were not good. The 2013-14 portion of Roy's contract is reportedly not guaranteed.

While in Portland, Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees in January 2011 and he underwent surgery on his right knee in April 2010 to repair a slight meniscus tear. Back in July, Roy said he underwent blood-spinning treatment in his knees prior to making his comeback with the Timberwolves.

Roy, 28, has averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 24.4 minutes in his five appearances for the Timberwolves.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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