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Brandon Roy has been practicing, hopes to return this week

Apr 1, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy played in the first five games of the season for the Timberwolves, but since then the knee issues that forced his retirement a couple seasons ago have returned and kept him on the sidelines. It’s been part of an injury-plagued season in Minnesota.

But Roy wants to get back on the court for the end of the season.

He’s been practicing for a couple weeks now and wants to play, according to the Pioneer Press.

Injured Timberwolves shooting guard Brandon Roy said he has been practicing hard for two weeks, that his tender right knee is improving and that he’ll ask coach Rick Adelman this week if he can return to the court.

The question for me is this: Is this a swan song or an effort to see if he has enough in the tank to come back next season?

Either way, Adelman should probably grant the request. The Timberwolves are playing out the string; let Roy get a final time on the court.

According to Sham Sports (best NBA contract info on the Web), if Roy didn’t play much due to a recurring knee issue (which is the case) his $5.3 million for next season is not guaranteed. He did not reach the benchmarks (65 games or 1,400 minutes of game play) that make the deal automatic. My guess is one way or another Minnesota moves on this summer.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Great player, but I think Portland ruined him by forcing him to play when he wasn’t 100%. Rest your ACL Rose.

    • hannsta - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      They didnt force him. He was cleared to play, he said he could play, there is only so much an FO can do about a player having 0 cartilage in his knee. Bit different than an ACL tear.

    • eugenesaxe - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Yeah, don’t let facts get in the way of some good trash-talk.

  2. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    APRIL FOOLS! Brandon Roy ain’t gonna play again

  3. bifford - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I don’t blame Brandon for his continued desire to play. I would do the same if I were in his knee braces.

  4. eventhorizon04 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Roy’s repeated injury problems this year have made it clear the Timberwolves can’t really rely on him next year. Prior to making his comeback this season, Roy spent a year away from basketball recuperating, rehabbing, and getting the Orthokine treatment in Germany (the “Kobe treatment”), yet he was still injury plagued this year after only playing in a few games.

    Timberwolves could give him a shot, provided he doesn’t take away playing time from any young guys who would play next year, but Roy probably doesn’t have a future on the team – or any team – unless he’s willing to accept the veteran’s minimum.

  5. observingii - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Some guys just aren’t satisfied to make $1 million per game for five games and ride happily into the sunset — and on the way pick up the other millions owed from the Portland buyout.

  6. dacapt704 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Hoping to play where? At a local rec league? Dude…its over man…you were a very good player but its over. I hate to see this from guys..

  7. southpaw77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    In the words of Denzell in Training Day. “Who wanna get paid”

    This is the biggest cash grab ever, he’s got to hit certain games played or minutes played to get paid. The Wolves should be like nah, we dont wanna let you damage your knees some more so that you will need knee replacement surgery at age 35.

    • eugenesaxe - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      He already needs said surgery, he’s just too dumb/bull-headed to do it.

    • badintent - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      He needs the knee replacement NOW, not at 35.And he’d be in the same boat as BO. His surgeon told him if he went back to baseball, he would need another hip operation in less than 7 years. My friend worked for Johnson and Johnson’s medical surgery department and he knew the doctor that did the operation.

  8. eugenesaxe - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Does this man have no one to tell him it’s over? Hell, I’ll do it:

    “Brandon-you’re done. Walk away, just walk away.”

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