By: Sam Ekstrom
The Wolves knew that signing Brandon Roy was high-risk, high-reward. Last night their worst fears were realized when it was reported that Roy will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
Portland Trail Blazers beat writer Jason Quick broke the news just before midnight central time. Quick had been working with Roy on a story highlighting his return to Portland on Friday night. Unfortunately, that return won’t happen as planned with Roy having his seventh career knee surgery, sidelining him indefinitely.
Roy had attempted to come back from a one-year retirement following a five-year playing career with the Blazers. To combat depleted cartilage in his knees, Roy received blood-spinning Regenokine treatments in Los Angeles that reportedly were supposed to reduce swelling and decrease recovery time.
The former Washington Huskie was confident coming into the season that his knees wouldn’t give him any difficulty. At his introductory press conference last July, Roy said, “I don’t question whether I can go through an 82-game grind… I’m anticipating just playing with no restrictions. Once I start playing I don’t think there will be a question.”
Roy aggravated his right knee in the preseason and then again versus Indiana on November 9th, his last game action. Playing 24.4 minutes per game, the 28-year old averaged 5.8 points and 4.6 assists in five games this season.
The Timberwolves are now back to the drawing board at a position they’d tried to solidify in signing Roy. With Roy joining Chase Budinger on the injured list, Minnesota will need to rely on Alexey Shved and new acquisition Josh Howard to carry the load at two-guard.