Northwest Links: Williams, Roy, Harden, Jazz

September 14 2012 at 10:11pm CST By Alex Lee

The Blazers announced, via Twitter, that Elliot Williams underwent successful surgery on his left Achilles tendon today and will miss the entirety of the 2012-13 season.  Williams ruptured his Achilles on Tuesday during a voluntary workout, which is the latest misfortune for the snakebitten former Memphis Tiger.  CSN Northwest has more details on the surgery here.  Here are some other links from the Northwest Division:

  • Brandon Roy said on Thursday that he wants to "come in and make an impact right away" for the Timberwolves, writes Ray Richardson of the Pioneer Press.   Roy has expressed confidence all offseason: "I want to be ready to deliver.  A lot of people think I'm going to be limited.  I tell them, 'Go ahead and think that way.'  I'm not cautious about anything.  I'm confident everything will go well."  I asked readers a month ago how Roy would fare this year, and about half of you thought he'd average around 10 points per game.
  • The staff at HoopsWorld published their season preview for the Timberwolves, complete with strengths, weaknesses and predictions.  The consensus is that Minnesota will finish right smack in the middle of the Northwest, which would be an improvement from last year's last place finish.
  • Sean Deveney of The Sporting News looks at five scenarios in play for James Harden and the Thunder.  He predicts that the team will wait until next summer to re-sign him as a restricted free agent, getting rid of Kendrick Perkins and others to clear the necessary cap space to do so.  
  • Ben Golliver of CBS Sports gives his offseason report card for the Jazz.  He gives Utah a B, concluding that it was a typically quiet but effectively offseason for the team.  Golliver says that hiring Dennis Lindsey as their GM was a coup, especially considering the similarity in markets and the amount of current Jazz players that may hit free agency soon.
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