Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com reports on Twitter that former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy intimated that his NBA career is over at a University of Washington alumni game in Seattle on Sunday.
"My basketball days are [numbered]. That's no secret." - Brandon Roy
No official announcement, but Roy basically indicated he is retired. Will make decisions about what comes next this fall.
Said the decision was easier to make after trying to come back with Minnesota and continuing to have trouble with his knee.
Note: This post has been updated to reflect this additional reporting.
Reviewing the tape, I accidentally misquoted Brandon Roy. He said his basketball days are *numbered*, not done.
The rest of the tone, looking back on his career and ahead to what comes next, still indicates he's done playing at a professional level.
"I haven't come out and said it publicly, but for me mentally, I've just started to settle into living a normal life," he said. "I haven't officially announced anything, but right now I haven't thought about playing in the NBA."
"Any time you walk away from the game, you have what ifs," Roy said. "I feel like I was able to answer those questions last year by going out there and giving it a try. For me, it's a little bit easier to walk away. It's never going to be easy, but it's a little smoother knowing I gave it a try and now it's time to move on."
Roy was released by the Minnesota Timberwolves back in May after one season.
The Blazers released Roy using the amnesty clause in December 2011 and he spent the 2011-12 season in unofficial retirement. He then signed a two-year deal last summer worth a reported $10 million, although the 2013-14 portion of Roy's contract was 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 2012, Roy said he underwent blood-spinning treatment in his knees prior to making his comeback with the Timberwolves.
After playing just five games in Minnesota, 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.
Roy returned to Portland's Rose Garden with the Timberwolves in March, but did not play.
"If I never play another game, I'll still be completely happy with my career," he said.
Roy also admitted earlier this season that his career was at a "crossroads" after a series of setbacks with his right knee. Earlier this season, former Timberwolves president David Kahn said that he was not surprised that Roy missed time due to his knee injury and the early returns for Roy's play were not good.
Back in December, when reports surfaced indicating that Roy would consider retirement, the Timberwolves released the following statement on Roy's behalf.
"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. "
Roy, 28, averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 24.4 minutes in his five appearances for the Timberwolves. He spent five seasons from 2006 to 2011 with the Blazers, winning the 2007 Rookie of the Year Award, earning three All-Star selections and making the 2009 All-NBA second team and the 2010 All-NBA third team.
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