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Report: Minnesota has discussed buyout of Brandon Roy

Feb 8, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

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Brandon Roy’s comeback in Minnesota has seen more setbacks than successes. He has played in just five games for the Timberwolves and hasn’t stepped on the court since Nov. 9.

Roy hasn’t given up on a comeback, but Minnesota has started to take the logical step of buying him out, reports Darren Wolfson at ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis.

As for whether the Wolves could move guard Brandon Roy’s contract (in a trade), (Timberwolves owner Glen) Taylor didn’t rule it out. He also confirmed that Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn has engaged Roy’s agent, Greg Lawrence, in buyout talks.

That seems a logical progression, keeping Roy on the roster through the trade deadline in case he can be used to balance a trade (not likely, but possible), then discuss buyout seriously after the deadline.

I’m not sure Roy is in a place where he is ready to give up on his career yet. I can’t blame the former All-Star for not wanting to walk away. But when he is, a buyout makes a lot of sense.

  1. losangeleschargers17 - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Straight cash homie

  2. franchise87 - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    That’s a shame that Brandon Roy can’t beat these injuries. Roy and Greg Oden were two players that i thought were superstars and had bright futures.

  3. borderline1988 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    What a cash grab!

    I know he’d obviously rather play, but what a deal for Roy.

  4. eugenesaxe - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    They were dumb enough to sign him in the first place, let them live with their ignorance. And you should blame him for not coming to his senses and realizing he’s through. He took a year off to rehab, and couldn’t even make it to the ASG before breaking again? How much more convincing does he need?

  5. therealhtj - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Wow, dude is gonna be paid by two teams now to sit at home. So long as contracts are guaranteed, does anyone still think the owners won the last CBA?

    • cmehustle - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      A even better question…why is he still rated a 80 in 2k13??

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        HAAA! True that!

  6. andiroid71 - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    It was a dumb move by Minnesota in the first place.

  7. mnsadsportsfan - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Trade?! trade him for what? Dude is a thief

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