A Brandon Roy injury update has revealed a tough setback for the Minnesota Timberwolves guard. According to a report from late Thursday night (Jan. 31), Roy's right knee is acting up again and delaying his return to the court.
Knee issues were the main reason that Roy retired from the Portland Trail Blazers originally. It looked like his basketball career was over, but Minnesota convinced him to come back this season. It didn't take long for him to have injury problems again, though, and now he is trying just to get healthy again.
Talking to the Star Tribune about returning this season, Roy stated that, "That's a hard one. There are moments when I don't know if it will happen again. And then I'll start working out, building, and I get to a place where I have a great workout. Friday, I worked out great, and Saturday there was another setback. So I'm disappointed right now. But, if it settles down, mentally I think I can start building my confidence to hopefully get back out there."
This is likely the final season that Minnesota will have Roy on the team, especially with the injury concerns popping up again. He does have one-year left on his contract and it would pay him $5.32 million in 2013-14, but it not guaranteed. It is very likely that the Timberwolves will instead simply decide to release him at the end of the current season.
Roy managed to play in just five games so far this season, averaging 24.4 minutes, 5.8 points, and 4.6 assists a night. Those are good numbers for a role player, but not good enough to pay him more than $5 million in the hopes he can compete again. This latest Brandon Roy injury update may not rule him out this season, but it definitely show fantasy basketball owners might want to give up hope that he is going to contribute again this year.
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