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Brandon Roy waived by the Timberwolves

May 10, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

Brandon Roy

David Khan may have been relieved of his GM position with the Timberwolves, but the team is still cleaning up after his mistakes.

Today, the team officially announced that they have waived veteran guard Brandon Roy, likely ending his career in the process:

“We wish Brandon and his family all the best in the future,” said Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders.

Roy tried to restart his career in Minnesota after retiring from the NBA with chronic knee pain after the 2010-11 campaign. Kahn took a gamble on Roy, signing him to a two year $10.4 million contract, hoping that he could come back even if only as a part time contributor to help the upstart ‘Wolves make a playoff push this season.

Unfortunately Roy was still hampered by the knee issues that plagued him, appearing in only 5 games and needing surgery after experiencing more pain throughout the season. In those 5 games Roy averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds while shooting only 31.4% from the floor.

Roy appeared in three all-star games in his career, was a former rookie of the year with the Portland Trailblazers and one of the best young players in the league during his great, but brief prime. And while it was always a long shot that he’d be able to come back and be an effective player after all his health issues, it’s a shame that this is the way his career will end.

  1. supremekingz - May 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Sad story. Still wish the best for that young man. Still so young. So much talent

  2. erckle31 - May 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    This is so sad. He had potential superstar written all over him. I pray that he can still be involved in the NBA in any capacity. No one deserves to go out like this.

  3. reesesteel23 - May 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Dude was a beast

  4. tuberippin - May 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    All things considered, it’s not the worst way to go out. Got a four-year degree at University of Washington after struggling to get into college; played with Nate Robinson in college; PAC-10 player of the year and NCAA All-American in ’06; first-round draft pick; Rookie of the Year in ’07; 3x All-Star; tied for the 2nd-most steals in a single game all-time with 10. And he made nearly $50,000,000 in salary doing it.

    I wonder sometimes how things would have turned out had he gone pro in 2002 out of high school instead of 2006 out of college. The knees would have degenerated anyway, but who knows what could have happened in those four years.

  5. daddyghi - May 10, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    sad story… anyway, he’s still has way too much money than most of us…

  6. observingii - May 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    He made a lot more than $50 million. Remember, he got amnestied for the rest of his $63M deal with Portland before picking up another $5M from Minnesota.

    • badintent - May 11, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      It’s not what you make,It’s what you keep ! Roy is broke.

  7. asimonetti88 - May 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM


  8. jimsjam33 - May 10, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Sorry ,

    This had to be the dumbest signing of a veteran NBA player in history . The Wolves knew he had no knee’s coming out of Portland . He was finished . They signed him to a 2 yr. 10 million dollar contract anyway . The Wolves GM wasted a lot of the owners money and should of been canned .
    Now the case of Brandon Roy . Everybody says if you can get 10 mil. go for it . Roy flimm flammed the Wolves because he knew his knee’s were arthritis infected and he could not play anymore . He lied about his condition because he felt sorry for himself and his injury riddled body . Roy should return the money to the Wolves and thank them for the opportunity he had . He knew he couldn’t play anymore .

    • tuberippin - May 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Agent Zero’s contract was worse.
      Eddy Curry getting $60mil from NYK was worse.
      Brian Grant getting $86 million was worse.
      Jerome James getting $30mil from the Isiah Thomas-ran Knicks was worse.

      The real mistake was Kahn trading Brandon Roy (originally selected in the 2006 draft by the TWolves at #6) to Portland for Randy Foye (selected #7 in the 2006 draft).

      As for this:

      “He lied about his condition because he felt sorry for himself and his injury riddled body”

      Please refrain from pulling subjective conclusions out of your ass.

      • jimsjam33 - May 11, 2013 at 1:23 AM

        ” Please refrain from pulling subjective conclusions out of your ass .”

        Well , when dealing with slimmy bunkshooter’s like yourself it isn’t always easy to explain the difference between apples and oranges . The players you mentioned as fleecing their respective teams were physically healthy . They may have been talent challenged , but they didn’t have to lie to get the money .
        Brandon Roy demonstrated he was finished when he was playing for the Trailblazers . They released him basically because he couldn’t walk , chew gum , and speak English at the same time .
        As to the subjective conclusion , if you knew anything about anything , you would know that Roy not only confirmed my conclusion by only playing limited minutes in fives games , but he also proved his naviete’ by concluding that he was still a NBA talent .
        So it goes something like this .. Premise one : .Roy’ s knee’s are bone on bone .
        Premise two : Basketball cannot be played with bad knee’s
        Conclusion : Roy has bad knee’s so he cannot play bball
        Premise three : Roy lied about his physical condition
        Premise four : Roy took 5 mil for playing 5 games
        Conclusion: A liar stole one million dollars per game played

  9. doclolly - May 10, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    LOL This guy has nothing in his knees and he still played more then D-rose this season.

  10. scottieplongballs - May 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Congrats Brandon for fleecing the Wolves for 10mil and helping push Kahn out the door. It needed to be done.

  11. 8nflfan7 - May 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Dang poor guy wish,him nothing but da,best,.

  12. andiroid71 - May 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Know he wanted it to work, but was never gonna happen. Great guy, but this was the stupidest signing of the season.

  13. dbones750 - May 11, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    He was no lebron, but he was a legit all star and seems like a good dude. It’s too bad his knees couldn’t hold up. Best of luck to the young man.

  14. talkingfan - May 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Best wishes to you BR, true pro

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