After several comeback attempts in the past year, Brandon Roy made it clear that he was not giving up on his NBA career, but after being waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves this week, it’s likely he’s played his last NBA basketball.
The team made the decision to let Roy go on Friday, according to ESPN.com.
“We wish Brandon and his family all the best in the future,” new Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said in a statement.
Although the Timberwolves surely appreciated Roy’s determination and heart, at the end of the day, the decision to cut him loose was an easy one. The move will open up roughly $5.3 million in cap space and a roster spot, which will enable the Wolves to go after a solid shooting guard this offseason.
There was also no sign that Roy would ever be fully healthy again. Roy – who has undergone numerous knee surgeries and even retired briefly because of them – felt the chronic knee pain return this past preseason. He battled through it, but only appeared in five regular season games before undergoing another arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He planned another comeback toward the end of the season, but recovery setbacks and more pain kept him off the court.
With his ailments failing to improve, it’s extremely unlikely for another team to take a chance on Roy. At his peak, he was a three-time All-Star while playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, but he endured knee problems his entire career and it appears those problems have cut his promising career short.