Brandon Roy returned to Portland for the first time as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Although he did not play, he did address the media. Here's what else is going on in the Northwest Division:
- Gordon Hayward was mentored by fellow Jazz guard Mo Williams during his recovery from his recent shoulder injury, writes Bill Oram of the Salt Lake Tribune.
- Hayward has also served as a sparring partner in practice for Enes Kanter, Jody Genessy of the Desert News writes.
- Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune talks to Nicolas Batum about his free agency and near-signing with the Timberwolves this past offseason.
- Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune wonders whether Flip Saunders is in line to be the next GM of the Wolves.
- John Canzano of the Oregonian chronicles the bond between Blazers guard Nolan Smith and Duke's Quinn Cook.