Friday, February 8, 2013
Wolves' plans for Roy's contract
By Tom Carpenter
Brandon Roy remains sidelined indefinitely due to his knee troubles. In fact, his future is cloudy enough that he is loosely mulling over retiring from the game for good. Not surprisingly, that has left the Minnesota Timberwolves in a bit of a bind, so all options -- including trading his contract and buying him out -- are on the table. According to Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com, Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn has discussed buyout options with Roy's agent. However, Roy apparently is hedging at actually retiring, in part due to his last chance to get paid to play ball.
"A source said Roy was asked if he was ready to retire again because of continuing issues he has had with his knees," Wolfson wrote. "Roy wasn't willing to call it quits, especially since he would have had to sacrifice the balance of his contract. A buyout was then proposed, which so far has been rejected."
You can't blame Roy for trying to get every last dime he can on what presumably will be his final NBA contract, so the pressure may be on the Wolves to find a reasonable number that would convince him to agree to a buyout. The bottom line, though, is that it would be a major surprise to see Roy lace up his kicks for game action again this season.