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Brandon Roy could be 'X-factor' for T'wolves this season

The Minnesota Timberwolves made the risky move of signing former Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Huskies guard Brandon Roy, but he could fit into Rick Adelman's system if he remains healthy and alters his style.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves' signing of Brandon Roy was a risky move, but it's one that could pay off for both the player and the team.

Roy, the former Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Huskies guard, is on the comeback trail from major knee issues that threatened his career. But assuming he's healthy, he could fit into head coach Rick Adelman's "Corner" offense quite well. The only key in that regard is for Roy to change the way he plays.

Per Mike Prada of SB Nation:

For the system to work, the guards have to be adept at moving without the ball. It's a great system for Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, but Roy may have to adjust a bit. In his last days in Portland, he was much more of an isolation scorer. Here, he will need to focus more on his off-ball game and work harder to get open shots off screens. He's capable of doing this, and in fact, the shift in emphasis might extend his career, but I expect an adjustment period as he reconditions his playing style.

Now, it's a matter of Roy remaining healthy. If he does, the career averages of 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds could very well rise, giving Minnesota perhaps the biggest steal of the 2012 NBA free agency period.