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Updated: June 25th, 2012 6:12pm
Source: Timberwolves set to offer contract to free agent Brandon Roy

Source: Timberwolves set to offer contract to free agent Brandon Roy

by Darren Wolfson
1500ESPN.com
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Brandon Roy was nearly a Timberwolf in 2006, but general manager Kevin McHale traded his rights on draft night for Randy Foye and cash.

Six years later, a new regime has genuine interest in making Roy a permanent fixture in Minnesota.

According to two league sources, the Wolves plan on making the three-time All-Star a two-year contract offer. The money is unknown.

Roy, 27, sat out the 2011-2012 season because he lacks cartilage between the bones of both of his knees. He would likely have to pass an extensive physical before signing anywhere.

While still a clear injury concern, he is training hard in his hometown of Seattle to make a comeback. Roy is free to sign anywhere at anytime, not held to the traditional NBA free agency rules. Having been amnestied, Roy and his representative are free to engage teams currently.

Roy will sign somewhere in the foreseeable future, and there's a strong belief that he'll favor a championship contender, not a cusp-playoff team. Roy went as far as to use friend Will Conroy's Twitter account on June 15 to announce his desire to return.

Wolves assistant coach Bill Bayno, who got to know Roy well when he worked on the Portland bench in two separate stints in the last few years, has been the driving force in Minnesota's interest. He's done enough to convince head coach Rick Adelman that the risk is worth it. The last hurdle, sources say, was to convince president of basketball operations David Kahn. That apparently recently happened.

The Wolves are doing a lot of nit-picking with agents. Sources maintain that they have had constant dialogue with European free agent guard Alexey Shved and his agent. Scout Pete Philo, based in Europe, is said to be a big fan. Shved, like Roy, is free to sign right now.

The Wolves also remain interested in guard Jamal Crawford according to league sources. Crawford could be moved by Portland during Thursday's draft. If not, he'll opt-out of his contract and become a free agent this summer. The Wolves nearly signed him in December, and then came close to acquiring him in a trade in March.

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson is the jack-of-all-trades sports guy for 5 Eyewitness News and a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
Email Darren | @darrenwolfson
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