Roy serious about making second chance in Minnesota work

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 7, 2012 - 12:22 AM

His knees remain a question mark, but the new Timberwolves guard wants "to play really well at a high level," his agent said.

Six years later, the blue Timberwolves cap that Brandon Roy wore so briefly on draft night still is on display in his mother's living room.

Roy volunteered that little tidbit when he met with Wolves owner Glen Taylor, President of Basketball Operations David Kahn and coach Rick Adelman in Seattle last week, bemused by fate's fickle hand and the roundabout journey that now finally brings him to Minnesota after the team traded him away just minutes after selecting him.

The same franchise that worried about Roy's problematic knees enough it swapped him for Randy Foye and a chunk of cash long ago now is betting on those same knees with a partially guaranteed two-year, $10 million-plus contract agreement reached Thursday.

At least five other teams pursued Roy, a three-time All-Star who retired in December because of a degenerative knee condition that has left him without cartilage in either one.

But his agent on Friday said Roy chose the Wolves because of their detailed and sincere pursuit, their existing roster that Roy considers young and promising and perhaps because the team's most glaring deficiency is at shooting guard, Roy's position.

And they are also believed to have offered more money than anybody -- at least the first year's $5 million-plus guaranteed, the second year dependent on his health -- although agent Greg Lawrence said money wasn't a determining factor.

The two agreed on the deal Thursday, the same day the Wolves reached verbal agreement with restricted free agent Nicolas Batum on a four-year offer sheet expected to pay him at least $45 million.

Ultimately, Lawrence said, Roy decided he wanted to join former Portland assistant coach Bill Bayno with a franchise he ultimately decided was "a team that's headed north."

The Wolves were the only team that sent a full contingent to Seattle to visit him -- owner included -- on owner Glen Taylor's private jet.

Lawrence called the excursion "a real sign they were serious."

"They not only expressed their interest face-to-face, they presented their vision," he said. "It was compelling, having Rick Adelman tell you what his vision is for the team and where you fit in."

Roy plans to move his wife and two young children to Minnesota, planning that it will be his future beyond the contract's two years. When asked by the Wolves at the meeting about the prospect of living in the frozen north, Roy answered that he wants his kids to experience a white Christmas.

"It wasn't one or two things," Lawrence said. "It was everything. It just fit."

Of course, one big question remains: Can Roy, who turns 28 this month, still play?

Will his knees allow him?

Wolves doctors received Roy's medical records and the team sent athletic trainer Gregg Farnam on Taylor's jet for last week's meeting. In May, he received the same injection therapy sought by Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez that uses a patient's own blood and its natural anti-inflammatory proteins to reduce osteoarthritis' pain.

There's no repair for a knee that has no cartilage left, but Lawrence said Roy is experiencing less pain and swelling after workouts already, even though the process usually requires three months for full effect.

"Look, it's not a magic potion he rubs on his knees and all of a sudden he feels great," Lawrence said. "But there is small, incremental improvement."

Roy contemplated a comeback last winter, two months after he officially retired with an agreement the Trail Blazers would pay him the remaining $63 million on his contract. He started slowly, then ramped up his workouts, his body feeling better as he went.

"It's not something he has to do, it's something he wants to do and do at a high level," Lawrence said. "Brandon is more in tune with his body than anyone I've ever met because of what he has been through."

He has not returned to the NBA to be the "last guy on the bench," Lawrence said.

All he wants is a chance to prove himself once again, whether it's in a starter's role or as a reserve who plays 15-20 minutes a night, some of those at the end of games nightly.

"What he wants is an opportunity where whatever he earns is what he should get," Lawrence said. "If that means he plays at a starter's level in training camp, an opportunity to start. If he's playing at a sixth-man level, then a sixth man. He never said, 'Guarantee me a starting spot.' All he wants is a chance to play really well at a high level."

  • related content

  • Kevin Love in London a near certainty

    Friday July 6, 2012

    Timberwolves forward Kevin Love on Friday began the U.S. Olympic team's two-day training camp in Las Vegas, his final step toward being named to play in London later this month.

  • Brandon Roy with Portland in 2011

  • Brandon Roy after he is chosen by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the sixth overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft.

  • WOLVES FREE AGENCY

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Houston 23 FINAL
Pittsburgh 30
San Diego 10/23/14 7:25 PM
Denver
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Cleveland
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Pittsburgh
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 98 FINAL
Cleveland 107
New Orleans 88 FINAL
Washington 84
Milwaukee 120 FINAL
New York 107
Philadelphia 88 FINAL
Brooklyn 99
Charlotte 114 FINAL
Atlanta 117
Sacramento 99 FINAL
San Antonio 106
Memphis 103 FINAL
Dallas 108
Tampa Bay 2 FINAL
Edmonton 3
Arkansas State 10/21/14 7:00 PM
Louisiana
Connecticut 10/23/14 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 10/23/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Montreal 10/24/14 5:30 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 10/24/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Hamilton 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Winnipeg
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which local team are you currently most excited about?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close