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Report: Timberwolves to offer Brandon Roy two-year deal

Jun 25, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are a young team on the rise. They are a couple pieces away, but you can see a path for them the same way you saw a path three years ago for the Thunder.

Does Brandon Roy move them down that path?

According to ESPN 1150 the Timberwolves brass think so — KAHN! — and they are about to make him a two-year offer (they can’t do that right now, likely after July 11).

According to two league sources, the Wolves plan on making the three-time All-Star a two-year contract offer. The money is unknown….

While still a clear injury concern, he is training hard in his hometown of Seattle to make a comeback. Roy is free to sign anywhere at anytime, not held to the traditional NBA free agency rules.

Interesting. The money could sway things. I have two questions.

First, how does Roy — a three time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year — the point guard work into the system with Ricky Rubio? Does Roy serve as his backup point? Does he work off the ball? With a lot of teams I’d be more concerned about this, with the Timberwolves having Rick Adelman as coach I think they could find a fit in his corner offense.

The real gamble, especially with a two-year deal, is Roy and his knees. This is a guy amnestied and who retired because there is no cartilage left. That doesn’t suddenly grow back (even with a year off). He can look great in workouts, but how will he look at game 50 of the regular season? You have to limit his minutes and rest him, and even then, what about during the second round of the playoffs?

At the right money, it might be a good gamble for the Timberwolves. But it is a gamble, make no mistake.

  1. Gordon - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    I have to think it’s going to be difficult to get him insured against injury, so they would be assuming all of the financial risk.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Why.

  3. scottieplongballs - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Im loving they want to do this. We need an upgrade at the 2 which Roy would be. The Wolves are on the verge of tasting the playoffs again and they need quality players. Risk? Yes. Better than what we have for a shooting guard? Definitely!

  4. smackingfools - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    When he announced his retirement I felt bad that he had to give up. Glad to see him it another shot!

  5. southpaw77 - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Like the article says, unless his cartilage magicly reappeared this is a waste of money, let Miami have the guy playing with bone on bone for knees.

  6. mannyfresh209 - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Roy was a point guard?

    • rapschiefs - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:29 AM

      he was a sg/sf this guy doesn’t know what hes talking about

  7. stayhigh_247 - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    2nd round of the playoffs? yeah ok. K Love is the best 4 in the game and Rubio is going to be an all star, but lets not get ahead of ourselves here. Personally I’d like to see B Roy in Phoenix merely because they have the best sports medicine guys in the league and they could possibly add a few years to his career. Adelman’s system will definitely help him shine (backing up Rubio) so why not. If he can play let him play.

  8. jsmith2482 - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    I’m a nutrition and supplement consultant to various professional athletes, some basketball players and you can make a significant improvement in cartilage in a years time. Taking any weight loss and time away from the game out of the equation, there’s PRP, blood spinning with growth factors (the legal kinds) and numerous supplements that are effective for rebuilding cartilage, it actually grows back faster than people assume.

    • fm31970 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Even assuming he can get back 25% (and he was at or near zero remaining from my understanding) how long will that “new” 25% last playing a full NBA season? Can you keep re-growing it after you destroy it again and again?

      It is a horrible move for any team to sign him. There is really NO better option than Roy on your team? They couldn’t get a decent back-up guard in trade for Beasley?? The T-Wolves are so close to getting back to good, but I fear signing Roy would be a step backward, and after the Rubio injury last year, why take the chance when there is so little to gain?

    • southpaw77 - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:18 AM

      If this is true, Eric Snow, T-Mac and a host of others woulda like to known that and so would every old timer. I’d like to know how to regenerate knee cartilage so I can play pickup ball into my 60s.

      Yeah, thought of that, the Wolves did draft Roy and dealt him. Everything comes full circle.

  9. icewinna0 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Wolves have terrible luck but Roy would be a good fit. Roy, Rubio, and Love would be a good trio. Playoff contention? Depends if they get a bench.

  10. zeedoubleyou - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Oh, the one that got away. Anybody else think MIN is still stinging about trading this guy for Randy Foye on draft night?

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:37 AM

      I’m gonna go ahead and say no because after all Kahn traded:

      Randy Foye and Mike Miller to Washington for the 5th overall pick (which turned out to be Ricky Rubio).

      Considering the price, wasn’t a lot to give up

  11. lakerluver - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Open letter to Brandon: if you are even 70% of your former self, please sign with my beloved LAKERS. Sincerely yours, lakerluver.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:25 AM

      If the price and years are right, I’ll co-sign on that.

      Sincerely, 00maltliquor

      • loungefly74 - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:19 AM

        you guys have my blessing!

  12. BigBeachBall - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    veteran leadership and the jumpshot…
    I like this offer…

  13. 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    This is interesting.

    And why the hell would Roy be a backup PG?!? Shooting gaurd is his natural position and the only position he’s known for, not to mention that’s the T-Wolves weakest position. Where do you get off having him as a backup PG??

    And if Roy doesn’t mind ruining his life for two years of basketball competition, then that’s on him. I would sure like to see him ball again, for the team that drafted him nonetheless. Watch them trade him for Randy Foye all over again, HA!

  14. monkeyhateclean - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Roy may only have a couple more years left to his basketball career, so why squander it on a Wolves team that, at best, could earn the #8 seed and get bounced in the first round?

    The Lakers, Heat, Bulls, Mavs, etc are all in “win-now” mode and could use a healthy Roy.

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