May 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves waive Brandon Roy
Brandon Roy’s comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves ended today when the team released him.
“We wish Brandon and his family all the best in the future,” Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders said in a statement released by the team.
The former Washington star tried to return to the NBA after undergoing seven knee surgeries. However, he played in just five games during the 2012-13 season. He averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game.
He made just 31.4 percent of his field-goal attempts, missed all nine of his three-point attempts and difficulty on the defensive end.
Roy underwent a mid-November knee procedure and never returned to the court.
Minnesota signed Roy to a two-year, $10.4 million deal and guaranteed his $5.1 million salary last season. He needed to play in 65 games to guarantee the second year of the deal.
It’s likely the end of what was destined to be a brilliant career for the 28-year-0ld Roy.
The 6-6 guard was the sixth overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft, 2007 Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-Star with the Portland Trail Blazers.
However, knee injuries led to Portland using an amnesty clause on Roy’s six-year, $85 million contract in 2011.