The Minnesota Timberwolves officially waived goodbye to Brandon Roy Friday.
For everyone who was hoping to see his expiring, waivable contract used as a trading chip on draft night, the party’s over.
For those who were concerned his $5 million-plus were going to be stuck on the books next year, that’s not a problem anymore, either.
What is still a problem, as Flip Saunders tries to clear financial airspace before navigating the financial unknown that will be the Wolves offseason, is the Wolves perimeter.
The Brandon Roy experiment is officially over, but it never really got off the ground. Even when he was a pipe dream, the twenty minutes a night of solid playmaking the Wolves were hoping to get from Roy was supposed to be supplementing an upgraded stable of capable wing players who, save Andrei Kirilenko and the tiniest tease of Chase Budinger, never materialized.
Though the Wolves have moved on from Roy, they are still chasing the same quality shooting, playmaking perimeter threat.
The Minnesota Timberwolves officially ended a failed experiment on Friday, waiving chronically-injured guard Brandon Roy, the team announced.
“We wish Brandon and his family all the best in the future,” said Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders in a statement.
The Wolves, under David Kahn, took a chance on Roy last offseason, signing him to a two-year, $10.5 million deal, but he played in just five games, averaging 5.8 points and 4.6 assists with very little lift in his knees.
The Wolves paid Roy $5.1 million last year, but they are not obligated to pay the remaining money for 2013-2014.
According to a filing obtained by 1500ESPN.com’s Darren Wolfson in November, “Compensation Protection for 2013-14 is full, but protection for injury or illness is subject to elimination if player re-injures a past physical condition. Compensation Protection for 2013-14 will remain full in spite of above referenced potential injury if player is (i) on team’s Active List for 65 or more 2012-13 Regular Season games or (ii) plays at least 1,400 minutes during the 2012-13 Regular Season.”