Nov 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy (3) shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) during the second quarter at the Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Roy to Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

First reported by the Oregonian:

The much-anticipated return of Brandon Roy to the Rose Garden will not happen this week after the Minnesota guard and former Trail Blazers legend has scheduled a right knee surgery for this week, The Oregonian has learned.

The arthroscopy will be the seventh of his career, dating back to high school, and the fifth since he has been a professional. It is unknown how long Roy will be sidelined.

A three-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year for the Blazers, Roy left Portland in December of 2011 when he medically retired because of arthritic and degenerative knees. The Blazers later used the league’s Amnesty Clause to waive Roy, a move that allowed Roy to be paid the remaining $63 million of his contract, while exempting him from their salary cap.

Roy signed a two-year contract with Minnesota in July that pays him $5.4 million this season, with the second year non-guaranteed depending on how many criteria he meets this season, such as games played.

Darren Wolfson has also reported that there is a chance that Roy will consider a final retirement, bypassing the surgery all together.

Ramifications for the Wolves? Well, how does Mickael Pietrus sound to everyone? Not an appealing option, and short of luring Tracy McGrady back from China, there isn’t anything in the way of above-average wings out there in free agency. A Derrick Williams trade is becoming more likely by the day, but what is his current market value? That remains the biggest question moving forward for the Timberwolves.

Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the surgery will keep Roy out “a couple of weeks”, although the Timberwolves will not commit to a timetable until after the procedure.

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