Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Wolves interested in Brandon Roy
ESPN.com news services
Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn said the team is interested in signing Brandon Roy, who is seeking a comeback after knee injuries caused him to miss all of last season.
Roy announced his retirement and was amnestied by Portland before last season began because of knee problems. But after stating that he wants to return to the NBA, the three-time All-Star has drawn interest from multiple teams.
Kahn said the Timberwolves were interested in signing Roy, but would not comment further. Minnesota coach Rick Adelman has roots in Portland and assistant coach Bill Bayno knows Roy well after serving on the Blazers' staff.
If healthy, Roy would give the Timberwolves the big shooting guard they sorely lack. Adelman played undersized Luke Ridnour at the position for much of last season.
The Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors both have publicly confirmed their interest in the 6-foot-6 Roy.
Sources have confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that the Chicago Bulls also have emerged as a potential suitor. The Dallas Mavericks and
Indiana Pacers also are in the mix, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The Wolves acquired Chase Budinger in a trade with Houston on Tuesday, looking to add more balance to their roster by adding a 6-foot-7 swingman who can shoot from the perimeter and move without the ball. It's the first in what Kahn said could be a series of moves to help reshape the roster and get the team into the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons.
"You should assume there will be other changes made," Kahn said on Wednesday.
Adding Budinger and looking to bring in the three-time All-Star Roy would seem to signify the end of the road for Martell Webster and Michael Beasley in Minnesota.
Webster's contract can be bought out for $600,000 and Beasley will become a free agent unless the Wolves tender an $8.2 million qualifying offer by Saturday. Kahn said those decisions have not been made yet, but things are expected to ramp up as the draft approaches on Thursday night.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.