Brandon Roy's latest setback hasn't derailed his comeback attempt entirely, as he tells Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. However, Roy's describes himself as at a "crossroads" in his career, and suggests that if he can't get healthy before the end of this season, he'll likely retire for a second time.
"I look at it like this has got to be the last season," Roy said. "I don't have any regrets because I know I tried to give it another season. So me saying this has to be the last season, it's not as difficult as it was last year. I tried. I gave it that last effort and it's time to move on. I'm at that range to where I'm at peace with things.”
Roy, recovering from knee surgery, had hoped to return to action for the Timberwolves tonight, but tweaked his knee last Saturday, eliminating any possibiliy that he'll be back before the All-Star break, says Haynes. While the setback didn't cause any damage and won't require additional surgery, it does cast more doubt on whether or not Roy will be able to return to the court at all.
As we outlined in the fall, the Timberwolves essentially insured themselves on the second year of Roy's contract. Because the 28-year-old's knee issues resurfaced, the team won't be on the hook for his $5.33MM salary next season, as it will become non-guaranteed. If the T-Wolves are pessimistic about Roy's ability to contribute to the club this season, they could also consider including his contract in a deal at the trade deadline for salary-matching purposes.