The Timberwolves have been prompt to addressing the various team needs so far during this hectic free agency period, beginning by the team sending their first round selection for the likes of SF Chase Budinger. They then took nearly a week to woo UFA SG Brandon Roy, and have reportedly struck a deal with the former Trail Blazer. The deal is reported to be a two-year pact worth $10.4 million, with only the first year being guaranteed. Roy recently retired due to medical concerns over his “cartilage-less” knees before this past season, and he has undergone platelet-rich blood therapy in an attempt to overcome the lack of cartilage in his knees, which is the result of his having several surgeries on each knee.
The Timberwolves originally selected the Washington star with the 6th pick in the 2006 draft, but traded him for Randy Foye on draft night after Timberwolves doctors red-flagged Roy’s knees as a potential problem for his long-term health.
While signing Roy may be a shot in the dark for the SG-needy Wolves, the move to sign the 3-time All-Star is potentially a steal for the price and could ultimately boost Minnesota into playoff contention. I expect Roy, if healthy, to contribute 10-20 minutes per night and he could even see time running the offense when Rubio is not on the floor. One of the most important aspects of this signing is the veteran acumen and playoff experience Roy has, and he could serve as an important mentor to a few, if not several, Wolves players. Roy is a knockdown shooter from beyond the arc and during his time in Portland was known as one of the most clutch shooters in the NBA. While this signing may end up being no more than a failed attempt for a former All-Star to return to playing the game he loves, the gamble is worth the reward as Roy could contribute and help this team in many different respects.