Brandon Roy 'weighing all of my options' after latest knee setback
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Brandon Roy is again considering retirement after being unable to shake the knee issues that have plagued him in recent years, the Associated Press reported on Saturday afternoon.
A person with knowledge of the situation told the AP the Minnesota Timberwolves guard is weighing retirement against one last search for a treatment or procedure that could alleviate the chronic pain in his knees
Roy issued a statement through the team on Saturday evening saying he has chosen the latter option, for now.
"Last week while practicing, I suffered a setback in my recovery," Roy said in the statement. "I've felt better since the recent surgery, but I am not all the way better. The past two days I have been weighing all of my options as I try to continue my basketball career.
"I have decided to explore additional treatment options and an extensive rehabilitation plan. My goal has been, and continues to be, to return to the basketball court as healthy as possible in order to help our team"
Yahoo! Sports first reported on Saturday morning that Roy has had setbacks in his recovery from his latest knee problems and there is no timetable for him to get back on the floor.
Roy had another surgery last month and returned to practice for the first time on Thursday. He expressed hope about playing against Phoenix on Saturday at Target Center, but was unable to practice Friday and wasn't present for the morning shootaround prior to the game against the Suns.
Roy's agent, Greg Lawrence, told 1500ESPN.com's Darren Wolfson he couldn't comment.
A league source told Wolfson in November that Roy went to Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn and raised the idea of returning to retirement. But Kahn talked him out of it at the time.
That same week, Roy underwent a seventh surgery on his right knee. He hasn't played since Nov. 9, averaging 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in eight games.
Roy's $5.1 million salary for this season is fully guaranteed, according to his Players Association filing, but the Wolves have an out from his $5,329,500 salary in 2013-14.
Roy initially retired last December at the age of 27 because of knee problems -- there was no longer any cartilage remaining in the joints -- but he decided to attempt a comeback after receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy.