For a split second in his life, Brandon Roy was nearly a Minnesota Timberwolf. Then GM Kevin McHale traded his draft rights away for Randy Foye and cash. Now, two league sources are saying that the Timberwolves are prepared to offer Roy a two-year contract.
Roy sat out last season because of knee injuries, and if picked up by the Timberwolves would serve as back-up to Ricky Rubio. Sources say assistant coach Bill Bayno has been the main instigator on the Roy recruitment.
Wolves assistant coach Bill Bayno, who got to know Roy well when he worked on the Portland bench in two separate stints in the last few years, has been the driving force in Minnesota's interest. He's done enough to convince head coach Rick Adelman that the risk is worth it. The last hurdle, sources say, was to convince president of basketball operations David Kahn. That apparently recently happened.
Because Roy was amnestied by the Blazers, he is free to sign with any team he chooses.