The Minnesota Timberwolves are prepared to make Brandon Roy a two-year contract offer. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Timberwolves are preparing to offer free-agent guard Brandon Roy a shot at a comeback, getting ready to present him with a two-year contract offer. ESPN Radio 1500 in Minneapolis reported Monday night that Timberwolves general manager David Kahn "has genuine interest in making Roy a permanent fixture in Minnesota."
Before the 2011-12 season started, Roy retired because of degenerative knees, as doctors told him he would be risking his long-term health if he kept playing. But a little more than a week ago, he confirmed his intention to make a comeback next season, tweeting under friend and former college teammate Will Conroy's account.
Roy had already been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors, but the Wolves are the first team set to offer a reported contract.
Wolves assistant coach Bill Bayno is the link between Roy and Minnesota. From the ESPN report:
Bayno, who got to know Roy well when he worked on the Portland bench in two separate stints in the last few years, has been the driving force in Minnesota's interest. He's done enough to convince head coach Rick Adelman that the risk is worth it. The last hurdle, sources say, was to convince president of basketball operations David Kahn. That apparently recently happened.
Roy was the 2006-07 NBA Rookie of the Year, and he is a three-time All-Star, but he already faced signs of his knee troubles in 2010-11, as he played in only 47 games and averaged 12.2 points.