According to an 1500 ESPN report, the Wolves are planning on making a 2-year offer to free agent guard Brandon Roy. Roy was amnestied last season by the Trail Blazers and then retired shortly after to prevent being picked up by a non contending team. The Timberwolves were among the teams he didn’t wish to play for at the time but that was before the emergence of Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and the breakout performance of Kevin Love. Suddenly, Roy could do a lot worse than Minnesota.
Roy also comes with a risk. His main reason for retirement was because he simply doesn’t have cartiladge left in his knees anymore. He reportedly had the same procedure that Kobe Bryant had in hopes of relieving the pain it caused. Even if it worked, he won’t be the same player he was during his first years in Portland. Assistant coach Bill Bayno, apparently, thinks the risk is worth the reward and reportedly convinced head coach Rick Adelman and president of basketball operations David Kahn the same.
The Wolves have been active in free agency rumors so far this offseason. They have already been linked multiple times to another former Portland guard Jamal Crawford and, most recently, been tied to highly touted foreign prospect Alexey Shved.
UPDATE: Owner Glen Taylor, David Kahn, Rick Adelman and athletic trainer Gregg Farnam already flew to Seattle to visit with free agent Brandon Roy according to the Star Tribune.