Wolves, Roy back to future - with a wary eye on knees

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 1, 2012 - 9:11 AM

The ex-Blazers star, who was traded by the Wolves on draft day six years ago, has arrived at his original destination.

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manoliveJul. 31, 1210:19 PM

Welcome Brandon, it's been a long time coming. The trade for Foye on that fateful night has long been listed as one of McHale's biggest mistakes. Now you're back where you belong, and Wolves nation couldn't be happier. On paper, this is the best TWolves team ever. Strong at every position, with players that can shoot, create, and play team basketball. The Twin Cities are in for a treat, and you're a big part of that. Again, Welcome.

jachesteJul. 31, 1211:13 PM

If he can contribute meaningful minutes in the 4th quarter, what an asset he will be. I, for one, will say prayers for his knees nightly.

mollycJul. 31, 1211:16 PM

So many variables, so much promise. First and foremost Rubio needs to get back early in the season and healthy. If the two Russians play as well as they are doing in the Olympics that bodes good things. Petrovic also needs to get healthy. Can Brandon Roy really still play? Is Derrick Williams light enough and quick enough to be the sixth man? Very much the promise of being a playoff team, hoping it all works out.

hoopsfanazAug. 1, 1210:55 AM

Mr. Zgoda, the financial impact on the Blazers was the ability to immediately remove Roy's contract from their cap number and create room under the cap this summer. He did not have to sit out a year for the cap savings to kick in. One aspect that has not been brought up is why Roy is paid $5 million by the Wolves when it doesn't add to what the Blazers originally gave him; it simply is the portion the Blazers no longer have to pay. If Roy took the veteran's minimum, he'd make the same amount and save money for the Wolves. Is Roy trying to save Paul Allen some money? That's nice of him and the Wolves, but it doesn't make sense from the point of view of maximizing his current team's position with no loss to himself.

dutch01Aug. 1, 1210:59 AM

It seems like a long shot that the knees will hold up. However, if they structured the contract properly it could definitely be worth seeing how much he has left in the tank/knees.

manoliveAug. 1, 1211:31 AM

I think the reason the Blazers wanted Roy to retire was so that insurance would pay for the majority of his $60M+ Kahntract. When he unretired, the Blazers are now on the hook for over $17M, I think, that they wouldn't have had to pay had he stayed retired. So not only did the Wolves hamstring them with Batums enormous Kahntract, but now they also have to cough up millions to watch Roy play for us. Add in the Ex Portland guys on our team, like Love, Adelman, Porter, and Bayno, is it any wonder there is animosity between these two teams? That's what you get for sticking us with an injured Martell Webster. Take THAT, Paul Allen!

timandtiaAug. 1, 1211:34 AM

We will see if this is a good move. Hope that it works out.

oldmannickelAug. 1, 1212:43 PM

I hope his knees hold out and he can return to full form or even 4/5ths the player he used to be. He has a chance to fill a major void with this team and contribute immediately. This could be the missing puzzle piece...

tjtwinsfanAug. 1, 12 2:00 PM

Ridiculous move by Kahnny but hey he is american, spend the money on american players. Why make other countries players millionaires when players in this country could make it? This whole country shows no loyalty to anything but money. Dog eat dog. And Kahn you should be fired outright for all the stupid you have made since you took over for Mchale.

goldengoph3rAug. 1, 12 4:24 PM

As someone who's had arthroscopic knee surgery, I sympathize with Roy and wish him the best of luck. Missing cartilage doesn't heal. It would be a miracle if he can play 20 minutes a game for even half the season.


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