Friday, July 6th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  65 responses

Brandon Roy Agreed to 2-Year, $10.4 Million Deal With Minnesota

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Brandon Roy’s return to the NBA is just about complete, as the soon-to-be 28-year old shooting guard verbally agreed to a 2-year, $10.4 million contract.

Roy will be taking his talents to Minnesota next season, and his new Timberwolves teammates are understandably excited.

Brandon Roy’s agent tells the Oregonian that it will be weird for his client to play for a team other than the Portland Traiblazers, the organization he broke into the League with:

One of the most popular and decorated players in Blazers history, Roy was ineligible to return to the Blazers because in December the team used its amnesty clause to relieve the remaining $68 million of Roy’s salary from its books. Although Roy gets all of his money from the Blazers, he is unable to sign with them until his old contract runs its course, which would be after the 2014-2015 season. Minnesota, which is in the Northwest Division with Portland, will play the Blazers four times next season, including two at the Rose Garden, where Roy became a legend for his late-game heroics and prolific scoring.

“We talked about that, that there will be a lot of games in the Rose Garden,” Greg Lawrence, Roy’s agent, said. “And he said, ‘That’s going to be weird.’ So I’m sure that will be a big night the first time it happens.” Roy turns 28 later this month, but many thought he would never play again after his first five seasons produced three All-Star appearances and a Rookie of the Year award. Since high school, he had six surgeries on his knees, the knife eventually taking away all of the cartilage, leaving his knees with a bone-on-bone condition. He had one knee surgery as a prep in Seattle, one as a junior at the University of Washington and four with the Blazers, including double knee surgery in January 2010.

By all accounts, Brandon Roy and his knees are feeling great these days, but as we all know, the real test won’t happen until he begins taking a physical pounding on a nightly basis during NBA games.

There’s no telling how Brandon Roy will do in Minnesota — basketball and health-wise — but Timberwolves fans, players, coaches and management must be thrilled that they’ll have a front-row seat to find out.

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  • http://slamonline.com LLC#12

    Rubio, Roy, possibly Batum, Love and Pekovic could grow into a very solid starting 5..

  • pposse

    wow! this timberwolves team might be very interesting this year! wtf why didn’t the bulls sign this guyA??!!

  • Andre anglais

    Best offseason news (so far)! Nba needs Roy

  • Madbutta

    Hope it’s not T-Mac 2.0. Big fan of his game though. Glad to see him back

  • Lee

    A real man who could even play on the court with one leg!

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    PLAYOFFS 2013

  • RunNGun

    @LLC – Yeah, it’s starting to look solid. Brandon Roy had the same German treatment that Kobe had to regrow that cartilage. Hopefully, this all works out for Roy; back to the team who originally drafted him. That contract should have a lot of protection..Roy had the same treatment that Kobe had

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danfields

    will look really weird to not see this guy in another jersey and i believe that he will feel really weird playing in the rose garden not playin for portland. also glad to see him bck in the nba tho

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Who needs knees anyways?

  • 23

    Why do so many people bring up the bulls??? Nobody wants to play on a team where their best player just tore his ACL. Plus rose/roy don’t exactly compliment each other. Both like to have the ball in their hands

  • pposse

    bc we need a damn shooting guard and someone who can create their own shot, no good/great player are going to say that they don’t want to play with rose smh

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    One of my favorite players. I hope his knees allow him to play close to a full season.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    I love it. I think if they can slowly work him back into game shape and limit his minutes he should be a great contribution for the TWolves.

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    if roy can comeback after missing one season of play with his knees, I know a healthy Iverson can return after missing 2 seasons.

  • http://www.google.ca Bojangles

    Cartilage is overrated.

  • underdog

    Man, I’m glad he’s back! I hope he’ll stay healthy. Minny is gonna be exciting!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    This is so just more proof of how strange the NBA can be.

  • pposse

    iversons game is predicated off of speed and quickness, roy is a mid range assassin..i hope your right tho anonymous, iverson will always be a good draw to watch

  • Zack

    I’m just glad BROY is back. Hope the knee holds up!!!

  • R32

    I really hope Brandon Roy is able to play at a high and effective level again….even if he’s not exactly what he used to be.

  • Tyquez Foster

    nick young plays for the 76ers now


    4 sheezy my kneezy!

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    @ppoose I hear you but people have placed to much weight on Iverson`s speed & quickness since theyve gotten the most recognition throughout his career. AI turned himself into a great mid-range shooter. watch highlights of his games after 2003 he is deadly mid-range shooter – free throw line and below. he loves that area of the court. he also knows how to play off of screens. under larry brown as the 2 that`s all he did every half court possession. he ran off down and cross screens; and screens are predicated more on teammates rather than speed & quickness. plus AI still has one of the best handles I`ve ever seen. the deception that hes able to create using his ball handling skills has never gone is still there and its prob gotten a little better since he left.

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    “has never gone away it`s still there”

  • LA Huey

    Rubio-Roy-Batum?-Love-Pekovic. Minny will gladly take Dallas’ playoff spot.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    AI was never a great mid-range shooter.

  • Moj

    Somebody remind me how this dude is gonna play 82 games with NO CARTILAGE IN HIS KNEES!!!!

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    @jtaylor thanks for your input. and yes AI did turn himself into a great mid-range shooter. this was something I began to notice in 2003-2004 and his mid-range game continued to improve ever year after that. by 2006 AI was one of the best shooters from 15 feet (free throw line distance) and below). thanks for your opinion though.

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    @moj I dont see how roy can get through a complete 82 game season. minn has to realize this. I guess they dont. I wonder if roy going to be starting and how many minutes he will be logging? I have roy playing 50-something games this coming season not including po is they get there.

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    “dont care”

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    According to Hoopdata, the last full season AI was 08 with DEN. He shot 45% from 10-15 feet and 41% from 16-23 feet. Now compare that to a cat like Dirk who is considered one of if not the best mid-range shooter, he shot 49.4% from 10-15 feet and 525 from 16-23 feet.
    The numbers back up Dirk’s reputation as a great mid-range and doesn’t back up your “AI is a great mid-range shooter” claim.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21


  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    @jtaylor I like numbers just as much as the next fan but when youve watched every game that a player has competed in and can see the improvement, develoment and dominance in that area of that player`s game then the visual supercedes some numbers written on paper. but thanks for your opinion. there is such a thing as relying too much on numbers because although they say a lot they dont tell you everything a player`s performance. there are some things you can only see by watching that player in every game

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    AI was not a “great” mid-range shooter. He was best known for using his speed and quickness to blow past his defender. There were games where Iverson was just automatic from everywhere on the floor and some games where his mid-range jumper was below average.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    I will agree anonymous that it did improve.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Nick Young signs with 76ers

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    I`ll admit maybe I went a little over aboard. AI`s mid-range wasnt great. But it did improved to the point where it became a really/very good weapon and great compliment to his driving game.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nick Young only got a one year deal. The Sixers are going to be playing small ball next year. I’m assuming Thad Young is not the starting small forward.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Iverson did become a very good mid-range shooter, particularly off the bounce.
    Never a great catch and shoot player. And he used screens to get the ball to run isolation, not to create immediate action for shots.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Nick Young’s one year contract is worth what the Clippers will be paying Jamal Crawford when he’s 35

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    That is a good move for the sixers. Gives them much needed perimeter shooting even though I think they have too many ballhandlers and not enough bigs.
    Next season depends on just how well JHoliday and ETurner improve in the off-season.

  • bdogg

    good luck..i do not see this ending well…i hope i am wrong..he looked down in 2k10-2k11.. hope he can come back ..i just do not see it! i guess we find out..low risk i guess!

  • pposse

    lol nick young is a volume shooter there is no one old enough on the sixers that will be able to tell him to stop…that guy is a bum! and whatever happened to the mid range game in the nba??! no one even cares to develop one anymore, only a select few ball players have mastered this art.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    Hopefully Brandon Roy completes his inspirational story.

  • Waggle

    Wow this sucks for Portland..if they wud have kept Roy on the books they only wud have missed him for 1 year while still having to pay that $60m

  • Mas

    I don’t see how the works well for the Wolves. Roy is a knock away from the DL and Batum can have any offer matched by the Blazers. So in a nut shell I think Minny will end up with nada.

  • bike

    Probably the best Minn. could do right now…even BROY at 50 percent is better than Johnson who is now looking like a major bust. Minn. really needs help on the wing. Still, a major gamble. Roy essentially has no knees and that German procedure is so new that no one knows if it has any lasting benefit.
    What an odd postseason..very, very odd.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I’m happy for Brandon Roy. He’s able to resume a wonderful career.
    In most of our minds, every basketball career is wonderful. Low level, high level, and every level in between.
    Some of us just worry about him, though.
    I hope everything turns out well. I don’t care if he is not able to do the things that he has been able to do in the past.
    I hope that he’ll have a good quality of lving when he is done.
    I wish him good fortune.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    I like Brandon Roy but him playing for The wolves will mean Rubio’s game/effectiveness will be lessen. Becaue Roy is an ISO type player.

  • http://gmail.com Gangsta

    Let everyone know : the NBA is the best league in the the whole world of sport.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7C0vd-L5lg Redd

    I lick my anus

  • http://www.nba.com Shadojoker

    Why Bulls why didn’t you sign this man?? Nevermind..a healthy Roy with the Wolves is gonna be LETHAL..

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Bulls couldn’t afford him. That’s why.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Be clear, they couldn’t afford him because they signed Richard Hamilton last summer.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk


  • Bernie

    The bulls are looking at fisher to solve all their problems

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Anybody else notice that the basketball knowledge of the average fan of big city teams is less than fans of the league? I mean basic stuff, like salary caps and contracts. Cause I’m so sick of hearing “Why didn’t my over-the-cap team sign so and so star player?”

  • Zoom

    I’m glad to see Roy’s back! Hopefully his comeback year!

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    @caboose . . . Indeed.
    In other news nick young is a 6er and why cant the magic just sign deron. . .

  • retrobat

    Why didn’t my “insert team here” sign Eric Gordon? Why didn’t we trade Jameer Nelson for Kevin Durrant??!! My “insert team here” should have signed Roy Hibbert, Jamal Crawford, and OJ Mayo. What do you mean we are capped? We should get Alex Rodriguez too, just sit on our bench and watch. @Caboose, I feel ya man. It’s ridiculous how some people don’t understand how salaries, etc. work. Having said that, I would still love to see the Magic trade Jameer for Kevin Durant. Ha.

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    I job your mothers rims, thems be tasty brass rings biiches!

  • jeremys6226

    Cannot wait to see him in the T-Wolves uniform! Will defs cop his jersey and hopefully his knees can hold out

  • Dingo Rob

    …Roy retires because of bad knees, he gets picked up after recovery and paid by that team while still getting paid by the Blazers….is this right…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Cosign caboose. Some pretty badass rims.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    <—- Is a Blazer fan… Good for Roy, he's already rich, but loves the game enough to overcome his injury, and get back to doing what he loves to do.. If I happen to be at the first Wolves @ Blazer game, I'll give him a nice slow golf clap when introduced… Funny to me, is whenever ANYONE goes anywhere, Bulls fans are saying- C'mon Bulls- this one coulda been ours…..