Ray Richardson of the Pioneer Press reports that Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn said guard Brandon Roy, who missed all but five games this season with ongoing knee injuries, will not return to the Timberwolves for the 2013-14 season.
"You should assume he will not be playing with us next season," Kahn said.
Protection in the contract is some consolation for the Wolves after Roy's failed attempt to become the team's primary shooting guard. The team saved money and also might be able to use some of the non-guaranteed portion of Roy's contract in trade talks during the offseason.
"I'm not saying we will or won't do that, but his contract does have some value," Kahn said.
"We were hopeful that Brandon would have a significant impact on our team, but we also knew that this could happen because of his injury situation," Kahn said. "If Brandon couldn't play, we still had enough depth. What we didn't bank on was Chase (Budinger) tearing up his knee."
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.
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, 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.
Thanks to Mister Hooligan in the FanShots for getting there first.
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