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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.

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