Roy Won't Give Up

According to Jon Krawcynski at the Associated Press:

Brandon Roy isn’t ready to give up on his NBA career quite yet.

Roy issued a statement on Saturday saying he will seek further treatment on the chronic pain in his knees in hopes of continuing his comeback attempt with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Roy’s statement:

“The past two days I have been weighing all my options as I try to continue my basketball career,” Roy said. “I have decided to explore additional treatment options and an extensive rehabilitation plan. My goal has been, and continues to be, to return to the basketball court as healthy as possible in order to help our team.”

It’s hard to read this statement without an impression of disappointment, stubborn competitiveness and Roy beating back the inevitable retirement announcement.

It’s hard to read this statement from President of Basketball Operations, David Kahn, without feeling a breeze from a wide open door of possibilities…

“I thought we had a very healthy and open exchange about, we know that we need to protect ourselves in every way,” Kahn said. “He does as well. He understands that we have to do what’s best for the team. He acknowledges that, and he actually was encouraging of that.”

Now, with the Timberwolves experiencing the same dilemma as the Portland Trail Blazers did before Roy’s first retirement — do we give rehab a shot and try and make it work another time, or do we find a way to cut our losses and move on?

The word on Roy’s contract is it’s non-guaranteed next year, making it a tradable commodity to a team looking to unlock some salary this summer. The word on retirement is trickier. Roy would have to make his decision soon in order for the Wolves to move ahead with finding a replacement for his roster spot. Given how quickly the Wolves have moved on Josh Howard’s vacant spot, it would seem they need to have Roy’s status cleared up before they proceed with trade options and Adelman has expressed his disinterest in finding warm bodies as apposed to active contributors.

“He worked really hard to try and comeback and he had that setback,” Adelman said. “Now he’s struggling again. It’s really up to him as to how much he can do and if he can come back.”

 Adelman’s sympathies are with Roy, and he clearly had hoped Roy would have been able to play a part in the Wolves success this season. It is still possible he could, one way or another.

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